My muse is being evil. Or has gone into hiding…I haven’t decided which. (Perhaps both are true.) But poetry seems beyond my grasp for now. However, writing won’t be stopped. I’m working on the Character Development whitepaper I’m planning to release this weekend. (Can you believe June is just around the corner? I sure can’t!)
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Folks, I’m taking it back to basics. I got so wrapped up in attending writing groups that I wasn’t finding the time to actually write. I’m toning down my calendar a bit and spending some time just writing. That’s not to say I’m ditching the community offered by writing groups. But some reformatting is in order–my critique group has decided that maybe we want to shift from critiquing to writing for a bit, so, you know, we actually have work to critique.
If you’re in a writing group and critiquing is getting stale, mix it up with some workshops and write-ins.
I’m starting my daily poetry exercise with a haiku—not only because haiku are shorter and less daunting—but because the gorgeous weather outside has me thinking of nature, which lends itself so well to haiku.
pierce the cloud blanket
light burns through to feed the earth
green leaves on the trees
Today is one of those days where there is cloud cover, but every now and then a patch of bright blue sky…and with the dark green leaves (they’re usually light green for another month, but I love the trees in June for their darker leaves) against that blue sky…well, it’s very difficult to sit inside all day! I’m very fortunate to have a window, else my poem might have been very different.
A person who can write a long letter with ease, cannot write ill. ~ Jane Austen
Today I wrote a letter to a good friend of mine. We’ve been exchanging letters for a couple of years and I was woefully behind on our correspondence. I am fortunate in that she’s patient with me, but in writing her a letter by hand, I further cemented my desire to write more. I’ve been going out too much, which, while fun, takes away from writing.
This brings to mind an earlier post I made on this blog about moderation. There was a time when I would spend all of my free time writing. While I pumped out a fair number of stories, poems and journal pages, retreating from life made it difficult to find inspiration. The last few months have been spent going out as much as I could–the writing suffered, but new experiences always spur my creativity.
I need to strike a balance, because right now, the part of my brain that wants to spend its energy on writing has been severely starved. I have some upcoming projects though that should jump-start things. I will start tomorrow with a daily poem–they will probably be short, but that’s one of the things I miss doing.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the whitepaper I’m planning to publish. I’ve been starting to form an outline in my head. The whitepaper will be released in about a week and a half—on June 3rd (Sunday). The main topic covered will be character creation, and the paper will include the following:
- A character worksheet—both long form and short
- Writing exercises/prompts for character development
- Details about creating a character’s own plot/subplot lines to fit into the main plot of the story (though this will only be touched on as it’s a whole topic in and of itself)
In other writing news, for the first time in about a month I’ve wanted to write, and have been writing. I’m sure it has something to do with the fact that I just moved, which, while exciting, is always stressful (even if it’s a good stressor).
So lately, if you didn’t notice from my putting my blog on hiatus for over a month, writing hasn’t come easily. But this week I’ve come to a realization…if I don’t participate in a certain number of creative activities on a regular basis, my writing suffers too. Which brings me to my main point…
Like the body, creative muscles need to be exercised together.
I recently started taking martial arts classes again. Since then, I’ve noticed the muscles in my body performing better in general, even if they’re not one I worked on recently. It’s like how if you want strong abs, you also have to build up the muscles in your back.
For me, when I practice music regularly, and compose, my writing–poetry, fiction–gets better and I can write more easily. My lesson that I take from this is that I can’t neglect music (listening & playing) and expect to write well or with relative ease. For me, the two are inextricably linked.
If writing is my abs, music is my back.
What other creative activities do you enjoy? Have you ever noticed your writing suffer if you’ve stepped back from these other activities? I’m curious to know if others out there feel the same way or if it’s just me!
I have not yet determined what, if any specific, schedule my blog will follow, but my hiatus is officially over. Today I share with you a poem that came to me today. It’s not about anyone or anything specific really, except maybe I’ve heard “Rumor” by Adele on the radio too many times…
Delicacy of Reputation
A whispered slur
Hidden in shadowy creases of rooms
His taunt, “traitor, traitor”
Grows until it fills halls and alleyways in her mind
Wraps around corners
Seeps into mitered moldings
Hangs like mildew-damp air
In a begrimed basement
Voices join in
Swell to a steady staccato
A hollow claim, once given speech
By perception or fact
She incurs the damage
Despite frantic feats
To claw away at spindly stilts
On which rumor rests
I welcome your feedback. I will likely bring this and/or another poem to poetry group next week, but am always eager to receive constructive criticism. Being that it’s a new poem, I’m rarely married to any line, but I like the moments of alliteration in this one and would be inclined to keep them intact.