The Things in Life I’ve Digested

“When I was younger, I did a lot of ranting. But ranting is uncomposted writing. No one wants to accept the coffee grounds and the banana peels, but they will pick up the flower. We have to learn to write with love, until the light shines through.”

—Sandra Cisneros, speech at San Miguel Writer’s Conference, 2012

Make a list of things that are still so raw that you can only rant about them. Make a second (shorter) list of things you’ve digested thoroughly—enough that you can write about them with some artistic distance. Then tell us a story from your second list.

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