Lessons In Writing


Thumbing through some of my early writing, I ran across this poem. I wrote it when I was still a teenager, long before I realized that writing classes help. A lot. One draft was published in 1997 – a small chap book published by local authors. At that time, I thought it was pretty good for something I wrote as a kid.

Looking at it now, I am thankful for college. Advanced writing and other such courses, that was money well-spent. I liken it to my high school photos. Surely bell-bottom pants and feathered hair would never go out of style…

Be Well,

Lessons In Writing

Sitting here thinking
of ways that I might
pass on to my readers
some lessons in write

And then occurs to me
I may not be
the talented writer
the mirror lets me see

I write in the bedroom
the kitchen, and then
I move to the sofa
composing. And when

my story is mid-way
not yet fit to read
my brain starts to focus
on things I don’t need

I’m back to it later
when my thoughts return
I sit down to edit
and suddenly learn

My plot’s too outrageous
and words out of date
So I start all over
again, I must wait

For another creative
idea to emerge
I then start to realize
That I have an urge

For ice cream or candy
or cookies and tea
You get the idea
I’m sidetracked, you see

Get over the fear
It is all in your head
your writing’s fine, dear
get published, instead

The lesson learned is
I have to get through it
Dedicate time
Sit down, and just do it.

Copyright 1997, Jana Brock. All rights reserved. Unauthorized use and/or duplication, copy, rewrite or other use of this material without express and written permission from Jana Brock, Author, is strictly prohibited.


About Jana Brock

We don't see things as they are. We see things as we are.
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