”The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shock-proof shit detector.” -Ernest Hemingway
and then there is
"All that I know about my life, it seems, I have learned in books." -Jean-Paul Sartre
"i have woven a parachute out of everything broken." - William Stafford
Kurt Vonnegut draws for you the Shapes of Stories.
Still need help? Okay, then here is how to write a short story.
— Linda Pastan
No, writing poetry is more like carving
wood and taking away, finding the heart
hidden inside, paring, using point and blade.
The danger comes from the dull knife.
The soft inside will be thrown away.
— Ernest Hemingway - Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech
100 poems to start this year’s practice.
Work every day, wrote Hemingway, No matter
what has happened the day or night
before. Writing the day, I awaken early,
get up and bite on the nail.
Her first book was a memoir of her life up to that time, titled I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
Past being an April fool today while
writing another poem, counting the seven words
to make a line and breaking thoughts
into five even pieces like the bar
of chocolate that is my end reward.