Today’s Poem ~ Romance

Claude McKay
To clasp you now and feel your head close-pressed,
Scented and warm against my beating breast;

To whisper soft and quivering your name,
And drink the passion burning in your frame;

To lie at full length, taut, with cheek to cheek,
And tease your mouth with kisses till you speak

Love words, mad words, dream words, sweet senseless words,
Melodious like notes of mating birds;

To hear you ask if I shall love always,
And myself answer: Till the end of days;

To feel your easeful sigh of happiness
When on your trembling lips I murmur: Yes;

It is so sweet. We know it is not true.
What matters it? The night must shed her dew.

We know it is not true, but it is sweet —
The poem with this music is complete.

Hit a Sticking Point? Here’s Help

“If you get stuck, get away from your desk. Take a walk, take a bath, go to sleep, make a pie, draw, listen to ­music, meditate, exercise; whatever you do, don’t just stick there scowling at the problem. But don’t make telephone calls or go to a party; if you do, other people’s words will pour in where your lost words should be. Open a gap for them, create a space. Be patient.”

~ Hilary Mantel



✒️ Writers’ Wisdom ~ Toss Caution Away

“If you’re going to write a good book, you have to make mistakes and you have to not be so cautious all the time.” ~ Zadie Smith


✒️ Writers’ Wisdom ~ Want to Know the Starting Place for a Story?

“With me, a story usually begins with a single idea or mental picture. The writing of the story is simply a matter of working up to that moment, to explain why it happened or what caused it to follow.” ~ William Faulkner


✒️ Writers’ Wisdom ~ The Most Important Rule of Dramatic Writing

“The greatest rules of dramatic writing are conflict, conflict, conflict.”

~ James Frey


✒️ Writers’ Wisdom ~ What Time Do You Reserve for Your Writing?

“I can write best in the silence and solitude of the night, when everyone has retired.” ~ Zane Grey

✒️ Writers’ Wisdom ~ What Is It That You Want To Say?

“Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.” ~ Barbara Kingsolver


✒️ Writers’ Wisdom ~ Are You an Adventurer?

“The important thing is not what we write but how we write, and in my opinion the modern writer must be an adventurer above all, willing to take every risk, and be prepared to founder in his effort if need be. In other words we must write dangerously. ~ James Joyce

✒️ Writers’ Wisdom ~ Don’t Overthink, Go With Your Gut

“I try not to get analytical in the writing process. I try to just kind of keep the flow from my brain to my hand as far as the pen is concerned and go with the moment and go with my guts.” ~ Quentin Tarantino


✒️ Writers’ Wisdom ~ Are You Cooking Your Story?

“In the writing process, the more the story cooks, the better. The brain works for you even when you are at rest. I find dreams particularly useful. I myself think a great deal before I go to sleep and the details sometimes unfold in the dream.” ~ Doris Lessing


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