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10 Songs and Famous Quotes I Wish I Had Written

As a writer I always feel like I’m my own worst critic. I scour over what I write. I second guess my thoughts and reasoning until I finally give in and send my pathetic words out to be picked apart and thrown to the wayside by all that read them. Or at least that’s how it feels. For me my words are my babies…and I hate feeling like an inadequate parent. Anyone that has ever created anything, whether it be a song or a novel or a painting or a sculpture – anything that you put yourself into – knows…

12 Poetry Books You Didn’t Know You Should Read

The internet, and more importantly, social media has made sharing the written word much easier. I myself found Facebook a very easy platform to share my writing. In December of 2014 I created the Writer Jay Long page and since that time, it has been liked and followed by tens of thousands. Today Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest, are filled with hundreds, if not thousands of pages of poetry, quotes, and prose by prominent old school writers as well as many unknown or up-and-coming writers. Certainly they all don’t stand out but they are finding their voice and that’s more important…

The Loneliness of the Midnight Writer

As a writer it seems I am constantly at a crossroads of what to write about. I often feel that a roulette wheel with different subjects would benefit more than my own thought process. I find myself jumping from personal experiences to writing related tips and everything in between. Many of the posts I create have a motivational type of feel to them. That’s not by accident. Writers and artists in general I think have a very solitude way of living and at times we all need that extra push. I can only hope when others read certain pieces I…

Artists and Writers : Our Own Worst Critics

In December of 2014, I made a clear decision that life is far too short for not doing what you dream to do. For me it was writing. I write poetry and prose and have dabbled in screenwriting, which I hope to do much more of in the near future, along with motivating and inspiring other writers to follow their dreams.  I started a Facebook page and I first thought only a few friends would be a part of it and of course like everything, simply because they had to. I never thought anyone would read what I wrote, let…

My Chinese Fortune Cookie is a Liar!

If yesterday was foreseen in a Chinese fortune cookie, it was completely wrong. I mean, I don’t really hold much value in the paper fortunes anyway but if I did, my faith in them would have been shattered. “Something wonderful is about to happen to you.” Just think of the optimism I hit the ground running with the following morning when that was my final thought for the evening. The day started much like any other – up by 8:00am and setting my ‘TODO’ list before grabbing a small breakfast. I should’ve called it a day right then and there.…

How Do You Decide What To Write About

I have always been a natural storyteller. Since I was a young child, I was always more interested in reading than watching. For me, when I read a book, I could create my own visuals. I didn’t have to depend on others to show me what to see.  For that reason, I try and read a book before I see the film. Otherwise, the visual is askew. With shorter pieces, I write what comes to me. I have a closeness to all I write. I invest a bit of my time into the words and the end result holds a…

Remembering September 11 as a New Yorker

Remembering September 11 Growing up and living an hour north of New York City, I was always very fond of Manhattan and its unmistakable skyline. The views at night were breathtaking. I can’t tell you how many days I spent with my neck kinked upward taking in the massive Twin Towers as I stood on the sidewalk below. On that fateful day I stood in horror, just as countless others did, watching the events of the morning of September 11, 2001 unfold. I was in my living room in front of the television, unable to sit, when the first tower…

Can Words Really Inspire?

I’m often told that the words I write or have written in the past are uplifting and on occasion, inspiring. I never really thought twice about it until recently when I saw a quick Facebook quote that read – ‘Don’t follow your dreams – Chase them!”. I began to think about all the millions of words I’ve read and written. And even those that have been said to me personally and  really tried to pinpoint any that may have changed my life or had a deep impact on the way I live it. I thought about including song lyrics but…

Jay Long : My First Published Poetry Book

Ever since I was a child I have had a connection with pad and pen. I can remember as a toddler, not quite 4 years old, grabbing a black felt pen and a yellow legal pad and mimicking my mother’s cursive writing. Some parents used the TV or toys to distract their children and keep them occupied, mine simply allowed me to scribble. I guess for that reason alone, it’s no surprise I have always kept notebooks nearby – no matter where I am. I have them by my bedside, in the living room, car, I take them with me…