Empty (an acrostic poem)

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Every word he wrote on the paper was a bucket full of holes

Making them equally as worthless at holding anything inside

Perhaps he should just give up now and save the time and effort

Though it did make the lifting of each one easier in its own way

Yes, maybe he would haul of them into place now since it was easy and spackle it all together during rewrites

Smith (an acrostic poem)


Selecting the right words to give strength to the tale

Managing to weld together sentences without seams

Intricate work with the hammer to make the whole thing take shape

Then quenching it with an editing pass to give it durability

How a writer forges stories from raw emotional stock


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Regurgitating Words

Writing is throwing up on a blank page, covering it with the partially digested contents of your nauseated imagination. Editing is cleaning the page the best you can, hoping what stays on the page will not be too noxious.  It will never smell exactly right to you, but eventually you either consider the page clean enough to be kept, or throw it away.  Publishing is showing your cleaned page to friends and neighbors.  You hope your work won’t make them to be sick to their stomachs, but if they are you have something new to chew on in your imagination.