Busy, busy week…

I’ve just had one of those weeks where I feel like I’m slighting the word “busy” by saying that I was busy. Actually, it was a bit beyond that. In fact, at one moment last night, I sat down at the kitchen table and felt like I was still moving. Very weird. And luckily, I don’t feel like that every week.

Somehow, I still found the time to write several pages of first draft material for poems. Writing poetry has become such a part of my life that I don’t wait for the “opportunity to write” to come to me–I just insist on filling in the writing whenever I can on a daily basis.

I scribble random lines and ideas on Post-It notes, write while I wait for the car engine to heat up (and while I’m stuck at traffic lights–and sometimes, even when I’m driving, not that I’d recommend that to anyone and would appreciate it if you don’t tell my insurance agent), write late at night, write early in the morning, and I think you get the idea.

I think sometimes writers (and poets) get stuck on having “the time to write” when they should just be “writing whenever they can.” Don’t worry about the quality of what you write in these drafts–just write. You’re going to have to revise anyway. That way, when you do have “the time to write” you can spend it polishing something you’ve already started writing.

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2 thoughts on “Busy, busy week…

  1. Caili

    Hi Robert,

    I certainly understand the feeling of always moving, and like you I carry paper for those moments when poems are stuck in my head. But a few weeks ago, I was driving and still had a couple of hours till I reached my destination. Well, I was listening to Poetry Speaks and became inspired. There was no time to stop, so instead I used the voice recorder on my cell phone to gush into. When I returned home I was able to transcribe the recordings. There was something about speaking the words before writing them I found quite amazing. A very different experiance for me.


  2. Nancy

    Great post, Robert. And you’re 100% right: It’s not enough to make time; you have to STEAL time.

    Still, it’s hard to be creative when you’re totally wiped out. Take care of yourself! And, readers, be kind and patient–these market books folks have a heaping helping on their plate.



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