Writing

HOW TO FIND THE SNOW LEOPARD OR TAKING STOCK OF MY NEW WRITING INITIATIVE

In the previous post I state several ways to organize my space and time to write. Here’s how I am doing after not quite two weeks into my new program.

TIME
At least three days a week put writing first from waking to 11:00 a.m.
I am doing well with this though not 100 % yet.
Plus 2 hours per week off site.
I find working someplace other than home very productive. A table in a place not too busy or noisy works well. So far this has been eating at a restaurant. Yes, I leave a generous tip.
Find an occasionally hour or two several days a week.
In this category I’m doing well also.

WELCOME SILENCE
I think I have managed this only once. So I hope to do better.

REREAD AND REVISIT RECENT WORK
Yes, top priority at the moment is rereading and revision of a short story. Also, looking through things to find what I have done so far on researching and writing snippets for a new novel. That was time consuming, but now I know where I am going, at least for now.

READING NEW POEMS AND SHORT STORIES
This is a favorite writing prep activity of mine and so, it happens several days a week.

ENGAGE IN PERSONAL MEDITATION
I believe this can be productive but I have trouble making it happen. For example, only one or two times for short periods in the last two weeks. How can I find more time for this? I need to couple it with meditation not connected to writing. What else do I need to do?

ORGANIZE WORK SPACE.
I have taken several major steps in this direction, but there is more to do to get my office in tip-top writing shape. Each bit of organization really pays off, or so I believe.

Yes, it is hard to find time to write, but I am proud of my start.

Three current projects:
Prepping a short story to submit.
Research for new novel.
Working on three or four possible poems, mostly things I found in my journal where I started something in recent months. Time will tell what happens next.

Thanks for listening. Please cheer me on. It’s not that what I accomplish is good writing, but how it makes me feel.


FINDING TIME/SPACE FOR WRITING
Inspired by Jane Hirshfield “Reconnecting after Silence” from Poets and Writers
December 22, 2017

My writing other than blogging and occasionally journaling has been silent for the past nearly three years. With a new year about to begin, I’m thinking how I might change that situation. Maybe some of my ruminations on this subject will be helpful to blog writers and readers or those chasing any personal endeavor.

SEVEN WAYS TO ORGANIZE SPACE AND TIME TO WRITE

1. Create time/space by writing and connecting with writing related tasks from waking in the morning to 11:00 a.m. at least three days a week. In addition find two hours of writing/space time away from home at least once per week. Maybe at the library, at a restaurant or in a park or park-like space. Add an occasional hour to writing tasks several days a week.
2. Welcome silence, creating space in one’s mind. Sit in a chair and let the mind wonder or walk alone in your neighborhood.
3. Reread/revisit your most recent work and allow your mind to enlarge ideas: thinking, writing, drawing, etc.
4. Read new poems and short stories that have arrived on your door step. Keep march time with that writer.
5. Fill the empty space of a journal page or engage in personal meditation.
6. Read Dorianne Laux’s poem “Dust” or listen to her read it or other poems on YouTube.
7. Organize your work space to welcome you and make it easy to engage in your tasks.

Next week, I’ll be playing with this list and refining a schedule. Let’s see if I can make it stick this year. I hope this list inspires you for whatever personal future you imagine for yourself.


16 thoughts on “Writing

  1. Judith

    A weathered fence defines. … 🙂

    Suddenly, the turkeys take fright … don’t know if this is intentional or a typo, but I actually love the image it provokes

    felt like I was the one standing there … drinking in the scene 🙂

    1. PauletteMitchellLein@comcast.net Post author

      So enjoyed your comments. “Fright” intentional. Those turkeys were downright comical struggle to get into the air.

  2. Vicky Burkett

    Love the poem about grandma, but I love the other poems as well. I enjoy the reports of your travels which are a story unto themselves.

  3. Judith

    enjoyed both the poem and the peach cobbler entry … enjoy beginning my day with words from Paulette

  4. Emilie Sulkes

    Your St. Augustine poem definitely shows your keen eye and love of nature … you always make the landscape come alive. The Von Bora poem is one of my favorites among your portraits of women. I am particularly fond of that mole which just captures the whole situation somehow– the human flesh speaking while society has its expectations and forms that must be followed. The poem is such a moving portrait of how a woman had two options: marriage or convent.
    I see two collections developing: one of nature poetry, and one of a gallery of some very interesting women. Good work … and I want to read more:)

  5. Patti Johannsen

    “A Chilly Day on St. Augustine Bay” uses beautiful and creative words to bring the reader to the location wide eyed with awe.

  6. Paulette Lein

    Hey, Judith. Thanks for your comment.. So glad you connected with it. I only just now saw your comment. So many things for me to figure out about the techy side. The time seems goofed up.

  7. Judith Vitali

    your poem is my new favorite of yours, Paulette … so many phrases that will replay in my head and make me smile … a book of St. Augustine poems would be wonderful … certainly far superior to the ones I read at book club!

    love, love, love the Katherine von Bora selection!

    1. mary ann phimister

      I love your poem. You make it look so easy, but I am not good at all with such things. BUT, keep writing and sharing, because I love to read them. MA

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