Beautiful Lines

As a writer, I spend a great deal of time editing and lamenting over my own work. Admittedly, I probably should spend more time revising papers than text messages, (yay, overthinking!) but in either case I am painfully aware of my weaknesses as a writer.

However, sometimes I surprise myself as the ink on my page forms something truly lovely. My next story will not be published for at least a few more days, but in the meantime, here are some lines that I found to be beautiful (or, at least, intriguing) as I reread my first draft:

“I recognize the bounce in her step. It is the dance of a writer who has just written something with which she has fallen wholeheartedly in love.”


“On occasion [my journal] explodes into poetry and that’s when I know I either am going to be brilliant or mad.”


“I like this little idea of mine, in all its ragged swaddling clothes of free verse.”


“She either doesn’t believe me or is undaunted by lunatics. If the latter, she will make an outstanding writer.”


“Finals are over and the university students are coming to life again…I like to see them laughing again, going on dates again, reading for pleasure again. Best yet, all three at once.”


“They are flirting by arguing whether Jane Austen or Emily Bronte is better. I hope they settle on Austen…any relationship founded on Bronte is doomed from the start.”


“A steaming beverage in a warm mug is often the friendliest of muses. To the creator of such, I owe this work.”