Motivational Monday



I am currently reading  “The Writer’s Desk” by Jill Krementz.  In this beautiful book she took photographs of prominent authors at their desks and accompanying each photo provided the writer’s own commentary on their writing life or process.

Sometimes I beat myself up for not keeping a journal, not writing when I travel, going long periods and not producing, choosing instead to follow the other parts of my life that I believe on the whole, make me a better writer.

After reading this book, I feel less guilty about how I choose to practice my craft.  There are as many ways to do it, as there are writers.   I was especially moved by what author Susan Sontag shared.   It is a path I can identify with.

“Getting started is partly stalling, stalling by way of reading and listening to music, which energizes me and also makes me restless.  Feeling guilty about not writing….But once something is really under way, I don’t want to do anything else.  I don’t go out, much of the time I forget to eat, I sleep very little.  It’s a very undisciplined way of working and makes me not very prolific.  But I’m too interested in many other things.

Writing requires huge amounts of solitude.  What I’ve done to soften the harshness of that choice is that I don’t write all the time.  I like to go out – which includes traveling.  I can’t write when I travel.  I like to talk.  I like to listen.  I like to look and to watch.  Maybe I have an Attention Surplus Disorder.  The easiest thing in the world for me is to pay attention.”

In poetry,



4 thoughts on “Motivational Monday

  1. Bethany, when I first started, writing didn’t feel like a real part of my life, but an appendage of sorts. It is only recently that I feel writing is as much of my life as is my breathing or walking or hanging with friends. It feels necessary. It feels true. Sometimes the birds and beach calls…sometimes writing…finding room for it all is my blessing.

    And the book is pretty wonderful….

  2. Okay, one more book for me to crush on! One of my huge shifts in my writing life came when I realized that writing IS life, it’s as much an activity as walking or eating or having coffee with a friend or doing the dishes. Do what you love to do! Thanks for this reminder!

  3. Hi Mary-
    I am constantly pulled between living my life and writing about my life. I have so many things I want to write about, but find I need to balance putting away the pen and actually living it. Traveling, walking, visiting friends, etc. It is a constant push/pull for me.

    In poetry,

  4. It’s wonderful to find another poet who also questions whether she is disciplined enough, devoted enough, engaged enough, yet also one who sees the need for enriching the personal self and soul in order to write in the first place. You have a lovely blog, Carey. I think I need to get the book you’ve mentioned.

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