Not Writing a Book in My Head

I have spent many days stringing and unstringing my instrument

while the song I came to sing

remains unsung.                                Tagore

Write Daily in April

Write Daily in April


Are you ready for National Poetry Month?  Are you still writing that book in your head?

Why not combine the two and write a few fragments during April?

If you write something every day, you will have 30 pieces of concrete thoughts on your page. Think of it– at least 30 pages or more of writing.
I’ll be posting a writing prompt everyday during April. You’re welcome to participate and share your thoughts, ideas or writing. If you’re local in the Dover, Delaware area, you can stop by and participate in person.
Here are the rules. Well actually there is only one rule. Write for 20 minutes using the prompt I provide.  Write is the main function of this exercise.  If you don’t like the prompt, write — “I don’t like this.” Then write about whatever inspires you. At the end of 20 minutes, take a couple of minutes to read over your writing and do a little fixing (editing is too strong of a word). And then…
Read what you have written out loud. This step is crucial as it let’s you hear your words in your voice. If you attend here at the studio, you don’t have to read if you don’t want to. And then…
Write for another 20 minutes on a different aspect of the prompt I provide or follow your own train of thought. Repeat above process until you have written, reviewed and read for approximately 2 hours.
For those in or close to Dover, the poster included in this post will be in my window daily. You are welcome to join me each day or whenever you have time.   This is a free service as poetry is that important. Writing is that important. If you want to share fragments or snippets, you can reply to blog posts here or in twitter using the hashtags #ParkeGreen and/or #NWABIMH.
For those ready to NOT continue writing that book in your head, I welcome you. Wine will be served May 1 to celebrate. Cheers to all.
Let the writing begin!

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About Taylor Collins

Taylor writes in fragments - journals incessantly – the sea a recurring theme. She blogs and works on three writing projects at the moment. She was selected to read a twitter poem, written during National Poetry month, for the “Tell Me More” NPR program in 2011. A day diary was selected for publication in Water Cooler Diaries published in 2008 (De Capo Press). She recently completed a small chapbook, a 12-part poem entitled Flame. Taylor receives “real” rejection letters now – a sure sign her work is being read. She paints and writes in her studio/gallery -- Parke Green Galleries located on the site where the US Constitution was first ratified. She spends time thinking when deep thoughts surface. Taylor leads a rather dry life on the ocean she's tossed about on. Be sure to visit her if you're ever in the state that started our nation. Cheers!

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