Tuesday, July 5, 2011

A Conversation with My Writer Self

I don't know what to write about today.
[Scratching head.  Bulging eyes staring at the blank screen.]

Write about the ordinary.
Write about the little things.
Just write and write.

I know, I know.  But I don't know what to write.
[Shoulder shrug. Clicking fingertips on the keyboard.]

Open your writer's notebook.
Search for an idea, a seed, a spark.
Let it grow, ignite and you will write.

My writer's notebook?
Oh, that little book that has been
ignored?  Unattended?  Left blank?
[Digging and searching for my notebook.]

Live the life of a writer.
Ideas breathe all around you every day.  
In and out.  In and out.

I know. I know.
[Dusting the notebook off. Cracking it open as if it hasn't been opened in years.]

It's time to revive the notebook.
Open your eyes and ears to your world
that's waiting to be captured and shared.

I know what to write about today.,
but first, let me write down a few ideas.
[Bringing my writer's notebook back to life.]

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  1. It's odd how we keep leaving it, but still want to write the slice, or a little bit about something. . . I love how you put it all together into a poem. It has a good rhythm & is thoughtful down the page. I love the asides; they show your voice!

  2. Beautifully written, and oh-so-familiar!!

  3. I just love this. The inner turmoil that writer's go through. I have no problem noticing the little things but I'm horrible about writing them down and remembering. Thank you for the reminder to break open the spine of my notebook.

  4. I really like this conversation...it's all the things we know we should do--the notebook--but don't. I like it!

  5. What a fun slice! I loved it from the first lines when I thought about how I could relate to wondering what to slice about from time to time.

    I am glad that you are pulling out your writer's notebook. Have you noticed Ruth's new website? I love the glimpses into her notebook, as well as her ideas for prompts. I bet you would enjoy them as you are bringing your notebook back to life. I want to experiment more, rather than my typical stand-by of lists and quick writes with very occasional other formats.

  6. I like how you structured your inner dialogue, especially "I know, I know.."
    I know, I know I should be writing daily. Writing once a week is still better than not writing at all.
    Keep writing!

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  8. You are absolutely right Terje! Thank you for the reminder. I need that every now and again. :) m.


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