by Catherine Giordano
I attended the Florida Writers Conference on Saturday April 20. I almost didn’t go, but I’m so glad that I decided to go.
When I first looked at the workshops it seemed so “been there, done that.” Editing, ebooks, marketing—I’ve been to so many of those workshops. In the end, I decided to go just because it is fun to meet other writers.
It turned out that these were the best workshops I have ever attended. Every single one was so valuable and gave me so much more than I expected. It was an amazing day.
There was a poetry workshop given by Peggy Miller. She is always wonderful. The whole workshop is like an hour long poem. What I took away from this workshop was an idea to get me writing again.
She suggested that we take just a couple of minutes each day, look around us, look out the window, whatever and then just write what we see—just a couple of lines. I did that right on the spot and I have been trying to remember to do that every day.
The results are what I am calling snippets.
The crow sees
the ant hill of life
at something less than 24 frames per second.
grows in the vineyards
of the mind
but must be aged
like a fine wine.
A squall, a storm;
the wind rattles
within my chimney
like a banshee
banging on the walls.
These snippets can stand alone or they might be incorporated into a longer poem.
If you are having writers block, try writing snippets.
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