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  • April 10th, 2011 | 11:57 PM
Poem a Day #10

This poem is late to the table because there is some serious thinking going on in my brain. I'm looking for the off switch. Time to stop thinking quite so much.

Poem a Day #10

I've read just about every kind
of "how to do it" book you can read
when it comes to writing,
even if I can't remember who said what.

I think I've absorbed a lot over the years.

How to write mostly boils down to
write what you know or write
what you want to know,
just pick one and get to work.

The how to write isn't as hard as
the making yourself sit down and do it.
The world will keep on spinning
even if you never write another word.

You really just need one thing to write,
you need to want it bad.

It's the wanting that makes it so.
It's the wanting that makes it real.
It's the wanting that fuels the doing.

What I forget is that wanting isn't a thinking thing,
it's a heart thing.
Wanting to write isn't based on any logic,
it is born from the need to connect,
one writer, one story, one word
a bridge,
from heart to heart.

© 2011 Susan Taylor Brown. All rights reserved.
There are so many stories only you can tell.Tell them, please.


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April 12th, 2011 12:28 pm (UTC)
Absolutely, Susan. It's not the "how," but the "why."
April 13th, 2011 04:14 am (UTC)
I knew you would understand, Candice. :) I just wish I could remember it more easily myself.
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

Who am I? A motivational speaker, writing instructor, workshop leader and full-time follower of dreams.

Who am I? Read and find out.

Susan Taylor Brown

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