Mommy Dearest vs. Writers Block (Like Godzilla vs. King Kong!)

Just finished John McPhee's newest collection of essays, Draft No. 4, and though it's not a writing advice book per se, it does contain its fair share of writerly wisdom, many of interest to poets. Here are some quotes from the book along with comments from the peanut gallery. "Though a man be more prone … Continue reading Mommy Dearest vs. Writers Block (Like Godzilla vs. King Kong!)

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If Every Word Is Suspect, Your Writing Will Be Arresting

Here's something I learned from the late Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska: If every word is suspect, your writing will be arresting. What does this mean? It means writing--especially poetry writing--cannot always be a prisoner of denotation. Of course, specific language serves the creative writer's purposes for imagery, but there has to be more: not only … Continue reading If Every Word Is Suspect, Your Writing Will Be Arresting