Don’t be a Writer, Just Write

William Stafford once wrote, “My aim is not to be a writer, but to write” (from the book Sound of the Ax). I’ve thought of myself as a writer for much of my life. The tricky part is how to make writing, actually writing, the first priority of my life. Last week, I went on …

Thinking about Rilke

When I graduated college, a professor gave me a copy of Letters to a Young Poet and I've been reading through it lately. Here's a thought from my journal dated February 4, 2018: Rilke says in his first letter to go deep within and find what bids you to be a writer. For me, the …