Editor’s Highlight: “Straight as an Arrow”

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Each week, we’ll highlight great fiction, nonfiction, or poetry from some of the amazing writers at Teen Ink. Check out an excerpt from this week’s selection below:

     It seemed to me as though I shot arrow after arrow after arrow, year after year after year. I shot because I enjoyed the thrill of success. I shot because, for many years, it slowed the hectic pace of life. Everyone searches for inner peace, a perfect balance of the heart, mind, body and soul. Of the few who find it, fewer still have the strength to keep it.

One day I realized that archery had become just another item on my list of things to do. It no longer gave me that sense of balance and peace. As I stood 40 yards from the target, I found focusing long enough to shoot a full round of arrows almost impossible…

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