MATT HARMON : What it Takes to be a Successful Writer
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Petals Can be Stapled
Poetry is not about the day lily how sun illuminates the petals and bubbles pimple sides of the green glass vase no it's about my fingers typing and how that makes the lily shiver on the desk top as if afraid or cold there's that as if it knows death already and nods in agreement with my fingers typing its epitaph but I can't help/would rather wonder about it than separate myself from my experience of the garden cut prematurely dead still captivating to deck out my desk to please my eye and though the lily's separated from its stalk, I need it to tremble with the timpani of fingers typing as if it and by extension I live
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What it Takes to be a Successful Writer

If you can write reasonably good English, then you can succeed as a writer.

Everyone has to start somewhere.

If you were fortunate enough to have supportive parents who taught you from an early age, then you will have no problems earning an excellent living as a writer. Similarly, if your early schooling was as it should be, then again writing should hold no fears for you.

But what if you had neither of those advantages when you were small, or for one reason or another you did not learn the basics of writing English when you were small?

No worries. You, too can become a successful writer.

There are so many aids to writing these days. For example, your computer will run a grammar and spell check for you. There are often a built in Thesaurus and a Dictionary available.

So the major tasks are done for you.

I remember when I was a teacher, although my subjects were Physics and Maths., at one time I taught English because there was a shortage of English teachers. There was a boy in one class that when you first looked at his writing you thought, 'What a load of old rubbish!'

I gave the class an essay to write and when I came to mark the scripts, because I didn't feel confident in my ability as an English teacher, I decided to mark the scripts three times. I went through them all the first time and gave them a mark out of 100. I shuffled them up and marked out of 50 and shuffled again and marked out of 20. Being a maths teacher, I was easily able to find a final score for each child!

But my point in telling this little story was not to show how it's easier to be a Physics teacher teaching English than it is to be an English teacher teaching Physics!

I want to go back to the boy I mentioned earlier who appeared to be writing rubbish. When I first read his script, sure enough, it did appear to be gibberish in parts.

Just read this:: "I was totly and indispootly in the rong end of town. Wile my acumplus was lgin it rown dand rown, I was left to rekognoytr theole area by myslf. i cuuduv bean incsruraitd if an of the lowcle constblry had bin eny good" This is not the most difficult part and the handwriting which was, at best, a scrawl of letters pointing incongruously in different directions did not help.

But as I read his work more times, it became clear that the boy was using quite advanced English, although writing, spelling and grammar were not very good. To say the least!

These things he could learn though. What he had already was an excellent command of the spoken English language.

Strangely enough, I had difficulty at first typing those few sentences above because my spell check kept correcting the words automatically. I had to switch it off to make those mistakes!

Here's what he should have written: "I was totally and indisputably in the wrong end of town. While my accomplice was legging it round and round, I was left to reconnoitre the whole area by myself. I could have been incarcerated if any of the local constabulary had been any good".

Now that boy, with the aid of spell checks, etc. could make a good living as a writer.

In fact, there are thousands of people from all walks of life, literally making $100s if not $1,000s every day. How? Read on.

You can create a relationship with some of the thousands of companies that need articles written on their behalf. Choose two or three different companies to write for each week and you will make a very good regular income.

ed.:Fiction writers and poets can start by finding one or two of hundreds of magazines online and offline to begin relationships with editors and publishers. Practice Practice until you understand their needs and how you can match them then go beyond.
Poetry endangers the established order  of the soul - Plato


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Just Dance
poetry is dance to me -you just dance as if space is a lover it moves with you covers then exposes in one breath the way a dress sways sprays her scent in a mist around the room soft waves of light make half moons on the wall as the rise and fall of sound and movement glide with rhythm, fancy feet comes now verse asks to dance like when first lovers meet unencumbered chemistry - like poetry - you just dance
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Petals Can be StapledTOP Petals Can be Stapled  ELIZABETH KERLIKOWSKE .comment1 What it Takes to be a Successful WriterMID What it Takes to be a Successful Writer  MATT HARMON .comment2 What it Takes to be a Successful WriterBTM Just Dance  WENDY L. HAMMOND . an early regular contributor to poetryrepairs and supporter, her poetry is as fine today as it was ten years ago.