2:00 pm, Thursday, 24 October, 2010 – Atlanta
I reread my last few blogs because I keep wondering if I am repeating myself, but it’s more that the blogs are overlapping. I think while I am trying to sort out a structure for my blog that I am ruminating on the things that will be part of my focus. I jotted down some possibilities: Monday makeovers or maybes – where I might revise small parts of poems, or layout the week; Tuesday trials – ways into writing a poem, which will consist often of exercises, starters, taking apart forms; Wednesday wishes – submissions or links to places wanting submissions; Thursday thoughts – ruminating, or sharing poem favourites of mine; Friday fixes – wrapping up in some way. That’s a start. I hope, as I continue to blog that the days will crystallize; they may also change.
I am still watching my trees and may report once a week on what I am discovering as they change with the months. I look at them if only for a moment, every day. I noticed that the left tree is not just thin as I wrote earlier but has almost nothing on this side between it and the building, where the tree I think of as an extension of my nest, is full all the way around. This morning as I peered out between the blinds, I saw the first sun ray touch one branch of my tree. The rest was in darkness, quiet, still. The one branch lifted towards the sun.
So, today is Thursday. That makes it trial day. I think I will treat my blog like a new class. The class is new to writing, or has only played with it, but is ready to get more serious. Some of you are poets. Some are narrators. On an index card, or piece of paper, jot down your three to five biggest problems, or the three to five things you most want to work on, or the three to five things you most want to learn or discover, or a combination of all.
Mainly, I want to offer some tools you need to produce a piece of writing. How good the piece is depends a lot on your internal and external visions. I hope to give you as many ways as I can to open up that vision. So much of writing is psyching your own mind up or out. Writer’s block is more a laziness of thought than a sudden inability to write. [That makes it no less a problem, but might change your approach to it] I want to share exercises that worked for me when I first learned to write poetry, so that on days your brain is telling you you can’t write, you can still get something down on paper. The thing to remember: it does not always have to be good. Good can come later with revision. Most first drafts are getting something down on paper. The writing and crafting comes with revision. The aim is to get in the habit of writing regularly. Nothing is ever wasted. Don’t ever throw anything away. You’ll have many false starts but they can become a resource pool. One of the things you can do when your brain is lazy, is to go back through your pieces which didn’t go anywhere, looking for good lines, or phrases, and using those as new starting points.