Lower your standards. 

That’s the advice I give myself when I’m stuck in front of a blank page.

And what a difficult thing to do. Of course when we write, we want it to be good, even great! We want it to touch other people, to surprise even ourselves. And there is one surefire way to not do that: Tell yourself it has to be great.

Books and Recordings by Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer

That longing for greatness becomes an insurmountable wall. It can make it almost impossible to put down a single word.

A few years ago, I changed my writing lens. Instead of sitting down to write something “good,” I made it my goal to write something true. And I will suggest to you that if you can write something true, chances are that you will touch other people and surprise even yourself.

And there is a place and time to elevate your standards … it’s later. After you’ve written and walked away. You will have time to tinker and improve, to bring all your knowledge and experience to bear on your writing.

For anyone who’s ever been stared down by blank, I invite you to try it. Once you’ve relaxed, anything is possible. Even greatness. 

Let’s play,



Rosemerry at the Art & Architecture exhibit at the Ah Haa School for the Arts.

In addition to having her work on the walls, her dress, her boots, and hanging from the ceiling, she wrote 80-something short poems over 5 hours for the guests who came through. The judges awarded her the Artist Award for the whole event.

To see some of the poems she wrote, check out "Eighteen Small Steps" here.


Poetry One on One: Would you like to engage more deeply with your own poems? I am accepting a limited number of poetry students. The hour-long sessions can be done in person or on the phone. We’ll talk about process, your poems, and if you are interested, in how and where to submit. For more information, click HERE.

Wild Rose Makes Her Debut: My alter ego is finally out of the closet and into print. Thanks to Cam Scott, guest editor at Sugar Mule, she’s strutting her stuff. And I do mean strutting. You can read about her, plus check out some other great poems in the issue, here: Sugar Mule

Always the Bridesmaid: But hey, how nice to be a bridesmaid. For the third year in a row, I’m lucky to have a poem nominated for the Pushcart Prize! To see the nomination and read the poem in ACC’s fine magazine, Progenitor, click here.

Why I Write Everyday, Why I Sing, and Much More: can be found in this recent interview in The Watch.

Take Me To the River: The Where I Live Series published by Silver Birch Press recently accepted this poem about living on the banks of the Mighty San Miguel

Saying Yes to the World: Sometimes it all seems so simple. One of my poems relearning this “yes” was just published by Journey to the Heart.

A Daily Dose of Poetry:
To read my daily poems, check out my blog