Monthly Archives: June 2009


With the weather like this, all I want to do is sit near a window and write.

*wanders off*


Progress report

I missed last night’s writing session and there’s really no good excuse. So far my longest writing streak has been 4 days since I started to track it. I begin the count over as a result of last night.

I’ve been using A Writers Book of Days: A Spirited Companion and Lively Muse for the Writing Life by Judy Reeves for almost 10 years now, it seems. The daily writing prompts have really helped give me a springboard to start off a writing session on those days when I am at a loss for what to write. Lately, though, I’ve wanted more instruction and different writing exercises to help stir my mind. Any suggestions?

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Still in progress

One of the three goals I set for myself this year was to have a definite writing schedule by the middle of the year and mesaurable progress by the end of the year. It is already mid-June and I don’t yet have the schedule. It feels like the months have been speeding by, however, I suppose I hadn’t really tried hard enough to make this goal a reality.

Last night I made the attempt to write something — it was a list of sorts, but I did make a point to think creatively while writing it. I am occasionally looking for the triggers that help me to write, I know I have them, I just need to figure out what they are so I can apply them during my writing times. Listed below are a few possible triggers, though they aren’t “sure things” when it comes to setting the mood.

  1. mellow music that I haven’t heard / don’t know the lyrics or melody to {usually / sometimes}
  2. incense {sometimes / rarely}
  3. coffee or tea {sometimes / rarely}
  4. when the house is quiet {occasionally / sometimes}
  5. a new location (i.e. diner, library, park, outside, not-at-home, etc.) {occasionally / sometimes}

In order to help reach my writing schedule goal, last month I joined a writers group at my local library. As a poet, I was a bit disappointed that the focus of this group is toward the fiction writer. I’m still debating whether or not to continue with it, since I’m not sure how much the content will apply to me. For now, I am going to think of the group as incentive to write more frequently. I can take the exercises provided and make them work for me.

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