When to tell instead of show

We've all heard the saying show, don't tell. Even as I edit, I find instances where I need to point that out. However, telling does have a purpose. It's about how you use it. And perhaps understanding it more will help writers understand when and when not to use it. There are two main concepts … Continue reading When to tell instead of show

Free chains

The world met me with a smileTold me to dream for the skiesWhile putting chains around my feet I grew up with chains digging into my skinFor years, I didn’t realize they were thereBut when I did, I couldn’t take them off Sometimes, the world comes back aroundAnd lets a random person out of the … Continue reading Free chains

How to write an author bio for submissions

Author bios can seem difficult. It's impossible to narrow a person down to a few sentences. But writers also do the impossible all the time. My experience with this is limited to Submittable. Most places ask for a bio between three to five sentences long. Bios are simple and can have a small bit of … Continue reading How to write an author bio for submissions

Plastic

I watch you fall in the mirrorAnd while the world expects me to helpI don't You pick up your phone againAnd while the world expects you to callYou don't We plant a tree into the groundAnd while the world expects it to bloomIt doesn't It's plasticAll of it Copyright © Robin LeeAnn

Empty box

They told me onceTo build a boxStay in itAnd never leave But instead I built a cityWith empty streets Cause no one goesDown every laneIt’s too far out thereFor them to walk It’s nothing likeTheir little box Copyright © Robin LeeAnn

How do I keep track of my poems to submit?

On a recent writer's journey post, I mentioned that I keep track of my poems, but I didn't explain how. So, today, I'm going to show how I do that. Here's a basic rundown of what an empty template looks like: You can do this in Microsoft Word or Excel. I prefer Word. I make … Continue reading How do I keep track of my poems to submit?

Try not to laugh

You try not to laughat the words coming out of my mouthcause life isn’t simple like that You know every blankand say what you thinkwhile I talk into an ever-growing void But maybe it’s less that I’d like to get to know youand more that I wish I was you You try not to laughat … Continue reading Try not to laugh