Recently I signed up for a mini-course by Christian author Jerry B. Jenkins, author of more than 185 books. Today’s lesson was about finding time to write. The objections Mr. Jenkins expects include the following: ‘if only I had better equipment….’
I’ve fallen into that one a lot over the years. First I needed to drop the typewriter and get one of those newfangled word processing machines. Which helped in my early poetry life in that I could just print out two copies of each poem instead of resorting to carbon paper or typing a second copy (so I would have one copy to submit and one for my files.)
Later I ‘needed’ a personal computer, a better personal computer, internet access, several iterations of writing software…..
But, really, I could have gotten by with a lot less. It was mostly my mind’s way of delaying the time when I really faced the challenge of being a writer. Delaying the time at which I might find myself a failed wannabe writer instead of the real thing.
But, the thing is, a writer is one who WRITES. Not one who talks about writing. Not one who imagines good story ideas in their heads. One who sits down with fingers and keyboard or pen and paper and writes. Why aren’t you doing that right now?
Why am I not doing that right now? Well, at the moment I’m blogging in my much-neglected blog that was started as a method to build up an audience for my books (I have two poetry books out, one in paper, one an e-chapbook that is available here: http://www.amazon.com/Surly-Petunia-Nissa-Annakindt-ebook/dp/B00NZ96EYE)
Blogging is a kind of writing, too. For the past week or so, I’ve been blogging close to daily and that loosens up those writing muscles in your head. I’m hoping it will get me back to my former habit of writing a daily poem which I haven’t done for a couple of months. Which in turn leads to better and more frequent prose writing.
For me, I find that poetry writing precedes attempts at fiction. A couple of decades back when I first became serious about my writing, I spent 2-3 years writing hundreds of poems and submitting them to small poetry magazines. And then one day I sat down and wrote a sci-fi short story which I also submitted somewhere, and got a personal rejection note instead of a form.
For you, it will be different. Each writer’s mind works differently. Perhaps you need a writing ritual that involves giving up social media and blogging for a week when starting a new project. Perhaps you need to read a poem every morning before starting your writing work. We are not all the same. You need to see what works for you.
There is a well-known writer, author of a great many books, who for years had a stressful full time job. She came home from the job, tended her children for a few hours, and when they went to bed she put in 3 or 4 hours of writing before going to bed. That’s what worked for her. But I couldn’t do that, especially now. As I get older I find that my brain is just not up to the writing game late at night. It’s really not up to much more than watching Dexter reruns at that hour.
Have you been a writer today? A blogger? A poet? If not now, when? The more you delay the beginning of your writing day, the more possible it is you won’t do it at all today. And if you don’t write today, you are not a writer. Today, anyway.
So, therefore…. Aw, heck with it. This blog post is done enough, and I got a poem in me that isn’t going to write itself. Goodbye, and see you next time.
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