Wednesday, January 21, 2009

One Resolution



The test is at hand for one of my resolutions: to create and stick to a writing schedule during the semester while I teach. Today, I succeeded. I actually added "Write" to my "to do" list for the day, and I made myself sit in the chair until something crawled onto the page. At first it was an ugly mess. I had a bunch of phrases scattered in my journal, but nothing was coming together. It was painful, yet I stayed in the chair. Then, SHAZAM, it coalesced before my eyes. Who knows what will come of it, but there are ten lines that weren't there before.

2 comments:

matfst said...

I'm curious. Is your journal hand written or on your computer? I still love to write in a journal, but it seems like such a waste of time...

Sandy Longhorn said...

Almost everything starts in a hand-written journal for me. Usually a very sloppy mess of phrases with only a hint of what might become lines. Once things start to come together, I switch to the computer to actually draft the poem. If I go to the computer too early, it becomes forced and falls apart.