Writing that Wakes the Dead

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by Rochelle Cunningham, Gypsy Writer

One of my favorite prosaic pieces, I jotted down at 3 a.m. The rest of the construction came later, but I’ll never forget how the majority of this prose flowed out of me in one sitting. Had I ignored the persistent muses’s calling – this piece may have died on the vine.

Here is an excerpt from my poetry collection on my website, entitled Jealousy of Night.

There is a man out there…

…who refuses to abandon a dream that naps quietly on a dusty shelf in someone’s basement. He’s caught clawing at the blank pages of a bedside journal – unwilling to turn on the lamp. And his breath weighs heavy on the back of a sleeping poets mind.

There is a man out there…

…who assembles broken memories that crash on the shores of desperation. Wrestling with the rising tide he sails the course of a barely beating heart toward the horizon of a forbidden kiss. A swell in the stillness of the room uncovers a woman’s face and stirs the bedroom curtains as a reminder of troubled waters ahead.

Remember that persistence pays of in many ways. . . even if it’s completing a burning piece of prose keeping you awake! Keep challenging yourself. Keep listening to your muse. Keep writing.

Below is an excerpt from by publication, The Writer’s Handbook; 365 Days of Motivation & Inspiration:

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“I heard a preacher say recently that hope is a revolutionary patience; let me add that so is being a writer. Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.” ~ Anne Lamott

The next time you are unable to return to sleep – get up and write. It may end up being some of your best work.

For more quotes, or to purchase a copy of The Writer’s Handbook, click on the link in this sentence.