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.
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.
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.