Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Enjoy a Talent

So what is your talent? Something that you enjoy doing and that expresses something that is uniquely you. It could be music, dancing, sewing, cooking, mothering, writing, etc. There is no end to the list. A creative outlet! While visiting my cousin Doug in California, I discovered he still loves music and playing his saxaphone. He's done this since he was in 6th grade even playing in a band in the air force during his military service. Now he continues to play because it relaxes him and he enjoys it. Here's a photo of my cousin playing for us a private jazz concert.

My talent right now that I'm pursuing is writing. Above is a photo of my friend Leah and myself at the Utah State Poetry Society this past weekend in Salt Lake City. (Sorry the photo is blurred.) We listened to poetry being read and received instruction from an accomplished poet who teaches in Texas-Lance Larson. These are some suggestions he gave about improving our writing of poetry:

1. Read, seek best writers to emulate as you find your own style.
2. Write daily or at least regularly.
3. Let writing lead you ask a question or explore the unknown.
4. Revise your writings into elegance.
5. Fall in love with the world and take notes-there are ideas everywhere.
6. Immerse yourself in other disciplines-they will enrich your artistic outlook.


  1. I love the fact that you share what you discover. I will most likely give it a try.

  2. Great suggestions for improving one's poetry writing...or any writing.

  3. Despite classes, poetry and I do not play well together. I took some writing classes when I moved to Oregon but that is not my talent.

    I don't know that I have a talent. Can't pin-point it if I do.

    It's great you've found yours and are pursuing it.

  4. I don't know what talent I might have..but you certainly do have a great one, the gift of poetry and your stories.

  5. Falling in love with the world is a beautiful suggestion.

  6. I think my talent must be appreciating beauty. It expresses itself through gardening, sewing, photography, and travel.

  7. My daughter writes so well..at least before graduate school and as a teen beautiful poetry..I wonder if she will ever go back to it..hope it isn't about working in a prison...