She was my first writing teacher.

She taught me to start early and stay later.

She taught me to master basics,

then get creative.

She taught me to respect intuition.

She taught me to compete with myself.

She taught me to never let hustle overlook detail.

She taught me to honor my talent by improving it.

She taught me to seek a mentor,

study role models.

She taught me to let emotion lead my craft.

She taught me to focus, think, strategize.

She taught me to remember, it's just a game.

She taught me to play with everything

I have inside.