The Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway 2009, Day Twenty-Six

poetsmkt2Welcome to day twenty-six of The Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway!

Today’s giveaway, Poet’s Market by Robert Lee Brewer (Writer’s Digest Books), is about getting poetry published.

Poets of all skill levels have turned Poet’s Market for more than two decades for all the information they need on publishing poetry. Whether you’re targeting magazines and journals or book/chapbook publishers, the 2010 Poet’s Market gives you up-to-date contact and submissions information for more than 1,000 listings. This new edition includes:

  • Features on the realities of poetry publishing, mistakes to avoid, identifying scams, and promoting your work.
  • Articles on translating poetry, electronic poetry, chapbooks, poetry readings, and more.
  • Information on workshops, organizations and online resources that help poets perfect their skills and network with fellow poets and editors.
  • Thorough indexes to make choosing the best potential markets easier.
  • And—new this year—access to all Poet’s Market listings in a searchable online database!

Author Bio:

Robert Lee Brewer is the editor of Writer’s Market, Writer’s Market Deluxe Edition and WritersMarket.com. ARL Brewer published poet, he covers poetry topics at his Poetic Asides poetry blog http://blog.writersdigest.com/poeticasides/. Brewer also speaks at writers’ conferences and writes articles for Writer’s Market and Writer’s Digest.

If you are new to the giveaway, please read “Da Rules.”

Especially since folks have been getting, ahem, a little long-winded lately. This is funny because at the beginning of the giveaway folks weren’t writing long enough. Now I can’t get them to stop writing. 🙂

Please keep it between 50-200 words. Do you best!

Today’s question is…

Give me 50 – 200 words in stream of consciousness that describe what writing feels like to you. Stream of consciousness means you don’t have to use any punctuation…unless you want to. Have fun!

Give me the goods in 50-200 words, please. :)

Before you go! WE HAVE A CAUSE TO RAISE MONEY FOR THIS YEAR! Please read the story about the Applin family here and consider making a small contribution at some point during the giveaway. We’re aiming for $100/day collectively. Please help us help the Applin family adopt two beautiful children from Russia. :)

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19 Responses to “The Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway 2009, Day Twenty-Six”


  1. 1 Jessica Varin September 26, 2009 at 12:12 am

    Writing feels like water.
    Turbid tributaries rounding riverbends where unknown epiphanies lie in waiting. Fluid and simultaneously choppy. Universal. Many faceted, many formed, many ways. A watershed community of many tributaries. Essential for the living. Involves drawing from the depths, seeing the surface, and examining subtext like an invertebrate in an ice-cube tray.

  2. 2 Pat September 26, 2009 at 6:28 am

    On a bad day, writing feels frustrating and painful. I re-read, rearrange, and revise. Nothing that I put on paper pleases me. After a while, I know the only solution is to get up and walk away.

    On a good day, writing seems to flow in an unforced and natural way. I read what I’ve produced. Look at that brilliant sentence! How about that clever play on words? It’s easy to fall in love with my simple burst of eloquence.

    And that feeling is…fantastic.

  3. 3 merylkevans September 26, 2009 at 6:42 am

    Writing, what do I think of thee? Some days you make me feel blank. Some days you make me feel exhilarated. Some days you make me want to throw in the towel. Some days you surprise me. Some days you make me dizzy. Some days you make me proud. No matter what, it’s the best career evermore.

  4. 4 L Ringler September 26, 2009 at 8:06 am

    Writing feels like hiking uphill. On sand. Hard work, trying to catch a breath, navigate in the right direction, keep the focus even if your foot slides back, or the mosquitoes find you or it is scary hot. There might be a plateau where you hit a rhythm, can pause to take in the view, snack to refuel, appreciate everything. And then you’re on again.

    Or it feels smooth and easy. Then you disappear into the writing and resurface later not even knowing how much time went by, or where exactly all those words and ideas came from.

  5. 5 Cara Holman September 26, 2009 at 8:12 am

    …the prompts keep getting better and better- stream of consciousness, it’s been ages since i consciously thought about that although a steady stream of thought runs through my head at all times- my yoga instructor is always telling us to calm the chatter in our heads as we lie in shavasana at the end of class, and my writing group facilitator tells us to leave the world outside the door, along with our internal censor, but if truth be told, i can do neither very successfully because always my mind is running through past conversations and thinking about what i need to do later that day and making lists and brainstorming ideas for my next submission and revising that last essay in my head and finding the tiniest seeds for the next writing and testing out possible threads for a story- what writing feels like is getting all of those things out of my head and into a permanent, durable and concrete form, something that i can come back to again and again and read and say, yes! that’s it, aha, i really got it this time…

  6. 6 Carrie Ure September 26, 2009 at 8:14 am

    Writing feels like ecstatically blurting out all my secrets and heart-felt desires to my best friend who listens patiently, calmly and non-judgmentally. She hangs on every word, waiting to know just exactly what it is I have come to say. We laugh, amazed at the power of words to cleanse our hearts.

  7. 7 Jan Udlock September 26, 2009 at 8:41 am

    writing has become a new friend and enemy. it helps me believe in myself and I feel validated to make sense out of life. it’s a struggle to find the right words to pinpoint my thoughts and emotions. i use it to encourage friends and bring truth to their lives. i see some who use words that immediately paint a picture and yet i use simple words to craft my thoughts. i will not edit this.

  8. 8 Janie Ruth Ryals September 26, 2009 at 8:55 am

    These days you never much hear about a happily-married couple, a mother who stayed home and a father who walked into the house at the same hour each day announcing his arrival by bellowing, “The kid is back!” The four of us ate every meal at the table and my sister and I had the earliest curfew ever known to childkind. It was a Beaver Cleaver household though Mama cast her pearls aside for a T-shirt emblazoned with an Atlanta Braves logo. A charmed life with humor and fun but emotional topics were often deemed as full of corn pone. Writing became a release of the corn pone I felt bursting from its barrels inside of my chest. I’d journal the kernels as if they were poured from Mama’s skillet of creamed corn and what a feeling it was to release all that corn pone! That feeling is precisely why I still write today though my family still teases me about my love of writing. I don’t care. I’m a writer. I just fell into by way of tripping over a stack of corn pone versus skipping down into it on a well-plowed path.

  9. 9 Sarah Lindsey September 26, 2009 at 9:15 am

    Writing feels…amazing, exhilarating, freeing, fun, sometimes frustrating, difficult, and challenging. It is at the same time a moment of release and a moment of creation for me. I see it as an opportunity to create a new world, real people, convey a story, a lost love, a newly-discovered love, beauty, depth, and other aspects of life. Each time that I put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard), it brings me one step closer to self-discovery as well.

  10. 10 writethejourney September 26, 2009 at 9:32 am

    Writing feels like a rolling river of ideas and [okay, sweetie, I’ll help you look in a minute] sweeping plains of warm, waving wheat that I conjure up delicately, with intention and [I think I saw it in the bathroom] um…joy and sunny bursts of creativity just like the [have you looked under your bed?] the…the dahlias that line the bed along the side of our house, inviting me to [did you leave it in the car?] think, reflect and put to paper my momentary observations, pondering [I promise, I’m almost done] in silence and allowing a tapestry to be woven from the fruits of [coming!] contemplation.

  11. 11 Beth Cato September 26, 2009 at 10:26 am

    Writing feels as though I’ve held my breath to the bursting point, and I am finally allowed release. Some days, I must hold it until my face turns red and steam blows out my ears like in a cartoon, but still – with exhalation comes relief. Just as with my allergies, the ease of breathing shifts with invisible particles carried by the wind.

    Yesterday was a good day to breathe.

  12. 12 Mar Junge September 26, 2009 at 11:17 am

    Writing feels like transporting myself into another world to crawl inside the minds of my characters and it feels God-like because I control their destinies and it feels like therapy because I can work out my problems through the scenes I create and it feels comforting because writing is such a familiar activity and it feels like meditation because when I write I lose track of time and am not aware of my surroundings or my body’s needs and it feels intense when I have a deadline and it feels rewarding when I read something I wrote well and it feels profitable when the project goes according to plan.

  13. 13 Paula Kiger September 26, 2009 at 11:36 am

    To me, writing is like peeling my skin off and revealing all of the “stuff” underneath. The “stuff” — heart, lungs, bone, fat, blood, brains all sill works and doesn’t need to be held in by the skin, but it gives the observer a MUCH more graphically intimate knowledge of me. It feels good to present myself in the “bare” way, without the “protection” of my skin.

    When I use my writing skills to help someone else fix their writing, that’s when I most feel like everything is “kicking in.” There’s a primal something that erases the self-doubt that plagues other daily activities (say, for example, figuring out if my employee is meeting their performance standards and if not how to get them to do it).

  14. 14 Amie September 26, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    What was the question? The question replacing the answer. The sheet of paper replacing distance. Immediacy. Does anybody have a pen? Rummaging. Rummaging through my purse through my head. Sometimes. Sometimes pulling out a sticky wrapper instead. Sometimes a perfect sentence fully formed and glorious. Its enough to make me laugh and put it back. And then maybe the story will come. Maybe not glorious but almost ripe. I bite. And chew chew chew. Most days are chewy. Like a dog and her toy. Playing toward what was lost. A ball I think. An idea to bounce around. How does it feel? Like a wall I think. Sometimes. Sometimes like breaking through. Like being lost and being found.

  15. 15 Brianne A September 26, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    writing feels like home, comfort, freedom, safety, risk. it feels like a close friend listening to all of my thoughts without judgment no matter how crazy they are. writing feels like the right thing to do. writing is the vein through which my emotions flow most honestly and my thoughts make the most sense. writing feels like my ticket to any place at any time. writing feels like good therapy. and like a big ball of creative energy..

  16. 16 Cat September 26, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Writing is freedom, joy, flying by the seat of my pants, figure out what I know, understand myself, understand you, get to know some people–by making them up, what would you do?, what would happen if . . . where do we go from here? what did he say? what kind of palm tree grows there? of course she can, and then they walked, just ten more minutes.

  17. 17 ideagirlconsulting December 26, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    I am blogging about Robert Lee Brewer’s 2007 Writers Market over the next few weeks, as I share what I learn from the book with my readers. 🙂

    http://theideagirlsays.wordpress.com/2009/12/27/2007-writers-market-editor-robert-lee-brewer-assistant-editor-joanna-masterson/


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