When a polite stranger learns that I’m a writer, their next question is often a thinly veiled attempt to figure out if I’m famous. I smile and tell them I’m a poet. And usually, even if they aren’t a writer, they ask questions about my writing and my process. I believe that people want to connect.
Aside from attending school and working at a day job, writing is my longest held practice. Strangers ask how I’ve done this, but my friends ask how I’ve done this despite the demands on my time and energy.
I came to writing later than most and felt like I had a lot of catching up to do. But how? I was working at my day job and without a guided experience with classes and homework, I wasn’t sure what to do. It couldn’t be as simple as sitting down and writing, could it?
Well, yes, it is…but…how we get to the page, what happens there, and how we stay there varies widely.
A writing practice that works for one writer may not work for another. And, hopefully, we grow and change as writers. And change that matters isn’t easy. Even when change is wanted. The practices that work today may not tomorrow.
And, even though I’m talking about writing, I’m really talking about the practice of life. It’s consistently inconsistent, messy, sometimes difficult, but overall — fun.
If my blog is truly of service, it’s a place for you to learn new techniques, get re-energized, so you can return to the long haul. These posts are for the woman on the cross country flight who told me that she’s always wanted to write but didn’t know how to get started, for the colleague who wanted my list of recommended reading, and for you — welcome to the conversation.