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Dayton O'Donnell

A Writer

First off, I'm so excited to have you here! Thank you for your time. 

I've written books of fiction, poetry collections, blogs, websites, sales letters, etc... 

I can't seem to stop writing, honestly. 

This site, Dayton Writes, is a home for my eclectic body of work. On it, you'll find my fiction, my poetry, my random thoughts on writing and creativity in general, as well as details on how you can hire me to write revenue-generating words for you.

Dayton O'Donnell, author of Shorts and Shit an anthology.
Shorts and Shit (Shorts & Shit), an Anthology of short stories and poetry written by Dayton O'Donnell.

Coming Soon! 

Love is Not a Porcelain Vase

Have you ever wondered why love isn't like a porcelain vase? Have you wondered why nobody mentions the late birds and whether they get worms, too? 

What about your shower? Have you ever wondered about everything in it to the point that you border on being a poet every time you step inside?

Love is Not a Porcelain Vase is a collection of my best works from over the past five years and covers an eclectic set of topics (because I can't help but be all over the place...) like love, death, maturity, and my always fun hypochondriac-riddled thoughts. 

The softback version is set to launch on February 1st, 2021. 

If you click below to reserve a copy (no-obligation to actually buy (it's just a reservation (calm down))), you'll also be entered in a drawing to be 1 of 5 people to win a FREE SIGNED COPY.

Shorts & Shit | An Anthology

"This quirky collection provides a refreshing new approach to perspective in storytelling. O’Donnell’s writing is witty, clever, and calculated in Shorts & Shit. This group of short stories and poems paired creative narrative progressions with short bursts of free verse. I found the structure of the anthology made O’Donnell’s themes easy to engage, and provided a fun experience for readers throughout the book."

          - Kayla Riportella | Reedsy


A Poem

Inside my head
there is a world
that cries to spill
out into life
or else
the people living there
— the monsters, too —
may grow cold and die.

They’re counting on me, though
— yelling in my ear — to save them;

to take the time
to pick them one
by one by one by one
and pull them from their
hidden prisons built with
treasured pasts and bricks
of squirrelly stone cut from
cliffs of edges still unknown.

And if I refuse to save them?

likely go extinct
and I fear, with them,
so will I.

So, no. I haven’t
been sleeping lately.

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