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Fierce on The Page by Sage Cohen

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It’s Easier with a Buddy

My young son is of the age now where his life experience is starting to overlap with my earliest memories. One of my clearest impressions from my own kindergarten days is the phenomenon of being assigned a buddy when doing an activity that would benefit from a little extra accountability—such as crossing the street, approaching a swimming pool, or playing on an unfamiliar playground.

When my writing promotion buddy recently forwarded a set of poetry submission guidelines to me accompanied by an encouraging note, it struck me how much a little extra accountability can matter in the writing life. I seek out submission guidelines on my own all the time, and they often land in my e-mail in-box from various publications. ...

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