These are Val’s words. They’re not always the best words, but useful at the time of writing to get the ideas out from where they’re hidden.
I’ve always been a good writer. As long as I remember, people have said “What a good writer you are!” I’ve actually made money writing; my first job in D.C. was as a public relations writer and editor at a big association. (That after a Master’s degree in Medieval History!)
Good writing isn’t good enough. With an ultimate desire of publishing a really great children’s book, I’ve struggled since retirement from teaching to “get it right”, and that’s much more challenging than I thought.
A wonderful critique group has helped a lot, and I’m open to criticism. It’s like being a diner cook, and then deciding to take a job as a French chef — you have to rethink what you know about the basics.
That’s where I am now, rethinking, writing, and reading as much as possible. And trying to unblock my inner negative thoughts that tell me “this isn’t good enough”, or “that’s a stupid idea.”
Almost all the poems were written for National Poetry Month in April 2013. The National Story Book Ideas Month began November 1, 2013.