Yes, the rest from pressing myself to write higher and higher wordcount posts definitely helped. However, I am not cured. Yes, I am a ham but not cured. I’m just hanging out in the smokehouse of all my loosely connected brainstorms, twisting over that final blast of the curing fire of editing discipline!! However, I am a softer ham, a less pungent ham, a less singeing-of-the-pscyhic-nose-hairs ham than two days ago. Here are some ways I have accomplished this better-hamness:
1) Reading outloud the lines before stopping for the day;
2) Meditating for about one minute between each coupld of stanzas;
3) Resisting urge to call friend to read poetry post online (after too-hasty posting!);
4) Walking, skipping, jumping, twirling, lying down, kneeling, etc. as called for by any given line metrics;
5) Whisper-chanting the lines.
Also, taking more time to participate more thoughtfully in my favorite blogs (see twitter.com@granbee for links) before beginning writing and taking time to visit briefly with a few “significant others” or new friends has definitely grounded me much better. I need to stop being such a “know-it-all” and consult more with others, not just bounce off them. Humility contributes to inner peace, which frees up a lot of mental/emotional/spiritual capacity for creative work. May the Force be with me!
Now, I will take a deep breath and tackle some delayed contact with links found at http://writeitsideways.com, such as exploring the 31 days of writing challenge seen on yesterday’s post, found here: http://betterwritinghabits.com/index/
P.S. The honesty and humility found at http://hahousewife.wordpress.com really helped me today!
Will be posting soon about emitting sparks to light up social justice fires in my near vicinity!