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Inside the framework of Writer's Life and Useful News
By  Julie A. Pierce

ey, you! Are you a writer?

I notice that you are a reader, but are you a writer? I know it can be a hard question to answer. What or who defines what a writer is and if you qualify or not?

After struggling with these questions for a good long time, I've decided to shove them off. Who cares? Am I writing? Great! End of discussion. Sometimes the analysis kills the subject, and then you're back to the start. And so I have revealed my approach to writing.

Now you also know what kind of editor I am. In case you need to be hit over the head with things, I'll fill you in a bit. Open: open-minded, open-hearted, open to discovering the nugget of gold in written pieces and shining it up so others can see its value. Faith: full of faith that what comes out has purpose and value even if it's not pretty to start with. Hope: hope that in bringing clarity to a piece, I can enable the reader to gain new insight and expanded perspective.

Don't get me wrong, this is not always an easy task. Most of the time it's quite a challenge. I don't want to misrepresent what the author has in mind by taking over the piece or rewriting it as my own. But I do want to make it easy, entertaining, and educational to read, so that it is appropriate for IN to publish. It's a bonus if the piece can be moving while educating. For the articles presented in Writer's Life, these are my editorial goals.

In the nine genre-areas of Writer's Life, we try to assemble articles that will boost your growth and success. Because our audience is vast and diverse, you may find that sometimes an article seems too remedial or too advanced for your current development. However, no matter where you are in the advancement of your skills, you should be able to find a kernel of useful wisdom in each piece we present – even if it is only a small "uh-huh" at being reminded of what you already know.

To this point, M. Y. Mim's article reminds us of the importance of the basics, while Rowdy Rhodes gives us another useful way to pull in business. J.R. Kambak moves us with his illustration of nondialogue dialogue, and Charles Ghigna shows us how to giggle with light verse. Larry Brody continues to educate in television and Gene Lenore fills us in on broadcast journalism.

The content of a publication is a collaborative effort. One very important component in the collaboration is the consumer. Communicate with us – let us know what you'd like to learn. Do you have a question you'd like to ask a published author? I can't guarantee that we can get the answer from a specific author, but we can get the answer in the form of an article from a published author in the defined writing genre.

In our Useful News section, you'll find items to contemplate and reflect on rather than strictly "how-to" pieces. For example, in this edition, the topic of creative nonfiction shows up in our cover piece and in News. Perhaps you will agree with Judy L. Adourian that a more appropriate name for this genre is dramatic nonfiction. Either way, her conceptual exploration of the genre will broaden your understanding. There's also a global library on the horizon and a couple of contests to consider.

I am excited to join the FWO-Int'l and IN. The opportunity to contribute to such a valuable resource is fantastic! Messrs. Rhodes and Jung, you have established something wonderful.

Thank you to those of you – you know who you are – who connected me with the experienced, knowledgeable, and always supportive, Rowdy Rhodes. And thank you Rowdy and Daryl for bringing me on board and having faith and patience.

I won't let you down.

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Writer’s Block
The path to inspiration starts
Upon the trails we’ve known;
Each writer’s block is not a rock,
But just a stepping stone.

Poetry Is Not
Penned to the page
Waiting for us to admire.
It is only a lonely thought
Caught by tears on fire.

Silent Echoes
A quiet rhyme upon a page
Is what a poet gives;
Some gentle words whispered in trust
To see if memory lives.

Bard From Deadlines
What makes a poem finally work
Is not the time it takes;
It’s how the poet used the muse
To prophet from mistakes.

Be Mused
The art and craft of poetry
Are not so far apart;
The craft comes from the cunning,
The rest comes from the heart.

Fine Vintage
Don’t plant your poem on the page
As though you’re hanging drapes;
It’s shape and flow should come and grow
Like wild summer grapes.

Getting It Write
Writers write what they know best,
Their passions, fears, and dreams;
Writers rarely write about
What other call their “themes.”

Double Vision
A writer’s life is paradox,
It’s more than what it seems;
We write of our reality,
The one inside our dreams.

The echo of a promise,
The thunder of a sigh,
The music of a memory,
A child asking why.

Letter Perfect
Twenty six symbols arranged on a page
Can send a soul to heaven or torment it with rage,
Can free a fragile world or hold it in its net--
The power and the magic of the mighty alphabet.

The Write of Passage
The jump from writing just for fun
To getting paid for it
Begins when you first realize
You know you’ll never quit.

It is not the magic of his wings
That sets us free from our bond.
It is the muse within ourselves
That lets our words lift us beyond.

Photo Poet
Consider your mind the darkroom,
Consider your life the lens,
Consider your eye the camera
On whose focus the poem depends.

Rising Moon
A poem is a rising moon
Shining on the sea,
An afterglow of all we know,
Of all we hope to be.

Star Light
Writing a poem,
Reaching a star,
In making good art
We find who we are.

Spider Web
A poem is a spider web
Spun with words of wonder,
Woven lace held in place
By whispers made of thunder.

The final draft upon the screen,
At last my poem’s through;
A verse of only four short lines--
I rewrote twenty-two!

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