It’s been thirteen years,
It was a year that
I realized my fears
A year that I thought
I may drown in my own tears
The memory of it
On my heart
burned so deep
I felt abandoned
And Scarred Continue reading
How are you all!?
What book has been on your coffee table or beach blanket for that matter, this summer?
I’ve been reading ‘lullabies for little criminals’ by Heather O’Neill
While not for the faint of heart this novel is frustratingly real.
“A gritty, heart-wrenching novel about bruised innocence on the city’s feral streets- the remarkable debut of a stunning literary talent” is right!
It’s just what the doctor prescribed for me this summer.
It’s inspired some grittier writing of my own.
Do you ever lose the desire to write?
Not sure where to begin?
Has it been to the point that you have no desire to even pick up the pen or open up the laptop?
I never thought this would happen to me but it did. I have been writing for 2 blogs, putting together and communicating with others for collaborations like PAY DAY Pay it Forward Thursdays and Stuff it ‘Storetry’ Tuesdays all on top of managing a family with 8 children. Busy doesn’t quite cut it!
Now I’m sure you have read these pointers elsewhere before, it is the internet after all but I want to share some things that I realized this morning that helped me get out of my rut, especially when it comes to writing poetry.
Routine: Routine is so very important. I used to wake up, get the kids on the bus, make my coffee and go and sit on my sofa and read a few blogs. Then I would take a moment to write, which usually occurred during reading other posts or poetry, something would stir and the poetry would just come. My internet at home has been limited lately so I haven’t been able to read the morning posts so I haven’t even bothered to sit and relax in the same spot. I know that this has been a major factor for my lack of inspiration. Reading other peoples blogs and poetry for inspiration and sitting in the same spot at around the same time will surely help me with my muse less blues!
Music: Repeat/Replay: I also used to find my favorite song of the day and play it on repeat, kind of putting me into an inspirational trance. If I’m on a roll and the music changes then so can my flow, thoughts, emotions and ideas that get stirred by the song. I am a huge music fan so this definitely helps me. My music choice has been lacking in the morning because of my limited use of the inter net. I can’t You Tube my favorite songs right now so I guess I need to ‘pay’ iTunes a little visit or replay some older songs, like I did this morning. Voila!
Change your Self Talk: You are not suffering from writers block. Your muse has not left you high and dry! You CAN do this. You will do this. You’ve so got this! Self-talk is so important in our writing lives and in our day-to-day lives. Believe for good things in your life! Expect them. Even if when you say it aloud it sounds like the furthest thing from your actual thoughts, say it anyway. You have to start somewhere. Do not accept defeat. Make yourself believe it.
Write Anyway: This morning was the first time that I picked up a pen in a long while. I wrote two poems and when I reread them I thought, this is ‘crap’! And it was. It was completely uninspired and forced but what came after one or two ‘silly and uninspired’ poems was the poem below. Now whether you regard this poem as fantastic or not, is not really the point. The point is that I did. This poem ‘inebriated my dried out riverbed’. If you’re stuck on a prose project, write anyway. Write until it flows if you have to, change the topic or idea, move onto something else, grab a paper and write out a rant releasing all of your frustrations, then return and keep at it.
Stop Being Lazy: I mean this in the most respectful of ways but really! Get out of bed when you get an inspired idea for a blog or a few lines for a poem or a story or chapter for your book. Grab a napkin, excuse yourself and run to the washroom when out for dinner and write down your five lines. When it comes, it comes and if you let it fade away, it will. Especially for poetry! If it is a priority, then prioritize it!
Muse less Blues
Where is the depth of me?
I feel dried up like a cracked riverbed
Longing to be inebriated by my muse
To drink away these dried up blues
To come alive with vibrant hues
Clues to find the fountain of my muse
To cure these muse less blues
© Jennifer David (me) 2013
Stay inspired, keep writing! Continued success to you all.
*ORIGINAL POST DATE APRIL 5th*
So this morning I happened upon the blog naming constellations. More specifically a piece entitled Slow Rhapsody http://namingconstellations.wordpress.com/2013/03/07/slow-rhapsody Maybe it was all the bacon talk (I love me some bacon) or his writings that reminded me of the weightiness that winter can bring (being Canadian I am well aware of this feeling) or maybe it was his beautiful poem. But what I do know is that I was immediately inspired to write and this is what came of it.
You never know who is reading or what your writings can do for other people.
Trust your instincts. Trust your intuition. I can’t say that enough.
Shadows and flowers (spring is in the air)
It’s so close yet it seems so far.
The hint of a memory, like a glimmer of a shadow that catches your attention out of the corner of your eye, certain that you saw it you turn your head to find there’s nothing there, you turn your head even more with hopes of finding even a fading shadow.
You realize it was never there only a distant memory of what was.
But you know. You remember.
You can recall the smells, the sights and the sounds.
Your body becomes alive, your senses heightened.
Somehow you know.
The flowers are about to grow.
I am vacationing to a chalet in the eastern townships of Quebec for a family gathering this weekend. We’ve rented a chalet to celebrate Granddad’s 90th birthday.
I am bringing two crock pots full of sausages and bacon.
I will be wearing my rubber boots.
And I will be searching for where the flowers are about to grow.
- Your Shadow. (pullnthru.wordpress.com)