A Writing Process

Sleep beckons, but the mire of anxiety and issues that surround me right now threaten.  I push them aside and think of the positive – visualizing our new home, and imagining how I will furnish each room.  The power of the mind to shift focus amazes me and I jot down these words:

We keep moving forward,
what option do we have
waste away mired in muck
or focus on a horizon where
sunrises and sunsets offer
glimpses of glory, and no
matter which our tendency –
optimistic or not, we are
drawn by curiosity and hope.

Remembering my midnight scribblings, I revisit the words, and think I can do better.  I  eliminate words to make the message more efficient:

We push forward –
a preferable option –

beats wasting away,
mired in muck

focus on the horizon
where sunrise and sunset
offer glimpses of glory 

no matter which way we lean –
optimism or not – we are
curious, drawn by hope.

Still unsatisfied – the poem sounds too cliché – I wonder what would happen if I switch up the order:

Curious by nature,
and drawn by hope
we push forward

spring ourselves
from the mud-mired
traps of psychological

focus on a horizon
where sunrises
and sunsets
offer glimpses of glory

optimist and pessimist
alike, daring to believe
that the beckoning future
bears equal promise.

Turning the poem upside down helps me break out of the pre-written lines and expand the images to create (hopefully) a less clichéd, but equally inspiring message.

What writing techniques do you find helpful?


Creative Process

Digging through old posts – thought this worthy of a share.

One Woman's Quest

Routine, I find, is both a comfort and a discomfort.  Stripped of all routine when I first became ill, I floundered about looking for some order to the resulting chaos.  I longed for a routine, like a navigational device, to help me define exactly where I was in all the madness.  (Still compass-less I’m afraid.)

At the same time, I fear a numbing sameness – a morose monotony of nonsensical repetition.  I remember doing anything to break the boredom – taking a different route home from work, turning my lessons upside down, or rearranging the classroom – anything to invite new energy.

I feel the same about writing.  It is seductive to find a comfort zone and stay there – convincing myself that this is perfecting my craft, however; I suspect a trap.  Ego, I’ve noted, likes to sabotage.  Exploration is the only way to expand creativity and ignite revelation.

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