The Pebbled Path of Writing (A Poem)

By Joyce Jacobo

[Author’s Note: Based on a true story. I checked out the website for a children’s book author whose work I admired, Cornelia Funke, and wound up sending a message through there for advice on writing. And I received a helpful reply back. It was a great experience.]

I came across the official website

            of an author whose works

                     have always inspired me

Here was a person established

       within a profession to which

              I hoped to belong

I reached out                           and wrote to her

              to ask for advice            


                                just maybe


The author responded

                       by the next morning

“Carry a notebook,” she wrote to me

                “Collect ideas for stories like pebbles

                                                   scattered by the world

                                                                   at your fingerprints

                  they are invaluable resources

                                            that nature offers to writers

                                                     able to record its wonders in print”

Pebbles . . .

        I will remember her words

                on my next journey into the world

                         with a notebook slipped into my pocket  

16 thoughts on “The Pebbled Path of Writing (A Poem)

  1. I love the fact that she replied! I believe in paying it forward and helping others who are where you were in the past. Brilliant.

    I’ve carried a notebook with me for a while, but have not really written much in it. I’ve created a file on my computer which I used to write ideas in (like pebbles) at the end of the day. I liked that. Now, I have to learn how to combine the two on a consistent basis. Good luck to you on your new adventure!

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    1. Hehe. There are many ways to go about taking notes, and finding the most comfortable method is definitely important. It’s like the writing process; every writer has a special way of pursuing it. ^_^ And I was thrilled to hear a response from a writer I admire so much.

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  2. I love how you told this true story Joyce and although I don’t carry a notebook, I carry my phone and am constantly writing down ideas, phrases, scenes in my notepad app./ I totally agree with her suggestion:)

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    1. One of the wonderful things about taking writing notes is there are many ways to do that, depending on what is the most convenient for the writer. I’m glad you’re able to do that on your phone as well. ^_^


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