Category Archives: Reading for Writing

Awakening the Travel Journal Keeper Within

 In 2008, I published a version of this article based on the writings authors Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and Robert Hellenga contributed to my 1991 book The Writer’s Journal: 40 Contemporary Writers and Their Journals. Both writers talked about a way in which the entry they share in the book ended up in a finished piece of writing.…Continue Reading

What is Poetry?

This week, The New York Times Book Review ran an article titled “Gloria Steinem: By the Book,” in which they quote from her memoir My Life on the Road . Most of her reading, these days, she reports, is of poetry. “If you poured water on a great poem,” Steinem writes, “you would get a novel.”…Continue Reading

Embedded in The Dogs of Babel: A Useful Writing Tool

This article first appeared in Writing It Real in 2003. It contains one of my favorite “reading for writing” lessons. I hope you will enjoy reading about the book The Dogs of Babel and doing the exercise I propose for your own writing. On my vacation this year along the shores of Lake Michigan, I…Continue Reading