What I Love About the Creative Cycle
- Losing myself entirely and getting to that 'place' where poems come from. (Yum)
- My creative cycles are really creative, the last one led to 40 poems in approx. 8 months.
- Of course a lot of those (most) went to the circular file, but I was still in that 'place' when I wrote them.
What I Love About the Quiet Cycle
- I don't snap out when someone (husband) interrupts my train of thought.
- I get the distance I need to revise the new poems.
- I get the time I need to make submissions, it's part of the 'job' and makes me feel like I'm still working when I'm not writing.
- I become more social, call people back etc. (Hmmm I must be pretty awful to live with during that creative cycle.)
- I read, and read, and read. Not just poetry. I read everything.
What I've Learned after Many Cycles
- To respect the quiet cycles, they are as much of the process as the creative ones.
- That I am writing during quiet times just not with pen and paper.
- To not force poems, it's disheartening and too reminiscent of my reporting days.
- That I'm lucky I'm not a supermodel because I would be 'washed up' by next birthday.
- Getting the 'goods' takes time (in my case) and the 'goods' are always worth the wait.
Well, aren't you glad you popped by today? This blog stuff, I don't know how long I can keep it up without boring everyone to death.
On another note, and I believe a testament that I may be losing my mind; we had our house appraised yesterday. While I was making out the check to pay the appraiser I noticed that the appraisal document was dated January 24. I had already made a deposit at the bank and mailed a submission both dated February 1st that morning and I was trying to convince this poor man that he couldn't possibly be right. Of course, he was right, leave it to me to misplace an entire week of 2005.