Friday, March 16, 2012

solsc.2012: just write 16/31

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Writing each day
playing with words
trying a touch of craft
penning poetry
telling stories --
just a slice.

Day 15 arrived
almost half way
fingers tapped
wondering
what to say --
what to write.

Lots to express
plenty to compose
full notebook 
scribbles and quotes
nothing grasping --
to say, "Write me!"

Started one
two
three
different posts
nothing --
grabbed hold.

"Just write."
I said,
just write
uncertainty
what to write -- 
just write.


Thank you for all the comments, thoughts, reflections on my 'some days' poem yesterday.  I truly struggled.  Call it a writer's block or a fight for words, but I continued to just write and those poems emerged.  How does that happen?  Determination -- dedication -- devotion to just write.  I wasn't thrilled with the finished product (we are our own biggest critic), but I was done. Something was written.  And you lifted me up.  
Thank you!


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16 comments:

  1. "Nothing grabbed hold" - that's so true when teachers try to make kids write about a specific topic or read a book that's in their level but they have no interest in it.
    We're all living their struggles with this challenge!

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  2. Are you kidding? Nothing??? Each day I am amazed at what you have to say. And if this is nothing...I'm in trouble :-)

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  3. Wow, I am floored that you weren't thrilled with your post yesterday. I thought it was beautiful. Keep it up, this is awesome.

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  4. Your "nothingness" is absolutely wonderful. You have such a way with words even if you don't have anything to say. It's a state of mind and you are your own biggest critic. Keep writing and sharing - Dad & I are thrilled to have you as our daughter and to be a part of your writing life! Love ya M

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  5. I always feel like I'm getting a big, giant present that I don't deserve when you write poetry. It is a treat. I like this one...and I love that you are facing what writers the world over face -- having nothing to write, but doing it anyway.
    Ruth

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  6. Thanks for your honesty and your poetry - for putting into words and poems what others are thinking.

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  7. I appreciate that you added your comment to the poem. You certainly make the poem writing seem effortless.

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  8. Such great stuff comes from you when you "just write." Your poems always hit the spot with just the right words. I truly don't know how you think that way or produce it. Amazing you!

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  9. I was in this place today. I just really didn't have anything I was ready to say to the world. I did just what you suggest, I decided to "just write." I'm not very excited about the outcome, but I managed to get something down. I'm hoping tomorrow will be better. I guess we'll all wrestle together with the uncertainty.

    Cathy

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  10. I,too, was in the same space. Is this how our kiddos feel when they write every day??? Thanks for the poem!!!

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  11. I love the idea of "just write". Each day I manage to do that, I know I've grown a little as a writer, so I count it as a win. But you said it far more eloquently than me. :)

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  12. Nothing always seems to turn into something. I'm feeling your thoughts.

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  13. You are an expert crafter of poetry. I like the line "nothing grabs hold." I am understanding more and more that a topic to write about is not enough to create a slice.

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  14. Ooooh - I love your poem and even what you wrote in your post "you lift me up" it's just a beautiful sentiment! My favorite line - "penning poetry." O.K., actually too hard to say which is favorite. I have to go back now and read yesterdays poem. Got to jump in shower - now I'm going to look forward to that being my first slice to read tonight! Have a great day!

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  15. Michelle, I haven't gotten to your latest posts. Both these last two poems are so wonderful. They truly seem to be coming from the heart & your motivation to write. Thanks for your inspiration!

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  16. Michelle, Just going through and trying to catch so many of your posts that I somehow missed. What a poet! This is wonderful.

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Thanks for sharing your thoughts.