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A hammer made of deadlines is the surest tool for crushing writer’s block.—Ryan Lilly
As much as I love a clean and tidy house—everything spick and span, the clutter picked up and put away—I hate the feel of a vacuum cleaner in my hand, a dishcloth, or a mop. But there is nothing that will make me spring into action like company coming. Then I am on a mission: I clean and organize, polish and scrub and shine. And when I am done, I am tired but happy, and I’m ready to enjoy the pleasure of having company. I even enjoy the time after my visitors leave, basking in the delight of living in such well-kept surroundings, a delight that unfortunately lasts only for a few days, when disorder sets in again.
It is human nature to procrastinate, to put off until tomorrow what we should be doing today. Even when procrastination can bring about more discomfort than it would if we would take just a deep breath and start in on the task we’ve been avoiding. Does this ring a bell at all? I believe that procrastination to some degree is familiar territory for all of us, and most especially for writers.
Today we welcome as guest blogger, Lin Marshall Brummels. Lin is Director of the Counseling Center at Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska, and believes people’s emotional states are intimately tied to the health of the environment and the land that nourishes the world. Her interest in writing has evolved from writing about the ethics of helping others to the ethics of treading lightly on Mother Earth. She is a member of the Northern Lights writing group in Norfolk.
Her poetry has been published in Paddlefish, The Enpipe Line collaborative poetry project, online in WillyCon E-Zine, and in the UNO/Omaha Library handbook Celebrate 2015. Her essay “Civilization” appeared in Ankle High and Knee Deep, a collection of women’s reflections on western rural life, and her chapbook, Hard Times, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2015. It’s great to hear your perspective, Lin!
I started writing in my fifth decade and it’s as if I want to make up for those lost years. I write in the early morning every weekday because I have a day job and am too tired to write in the evening. If I oversleep and miss my writing time, I feel out of sorts all day. When I come home from work, chores, books, and yes, TV and movies call to me. My brain needs to be filled again after a draining day. I certainly don’t compare myself to Ernest Hemmingway, but was struck by his comments when I ran across them in A Movable Feast. “I had learned already never to empty the well of my writing; but always to stop when there was still something in the deep part of the well, and let it refill at night from the springs that fed it.” This hit me as one of those “a-ha, but of course,” understandings. I was lucky to know talented and generous writers who invited me to work with them. I attended writing retreats to work in depth with a gifted writer. I have learned much from their collective talent and have much more to learn.
Whether you are a beginning writer or one with many publications to your credit, this blog is your invitation to join the writing community.
Our wish is that it will serve as a source of inspiration and encouragement, and that it will help you reach deep within and write to your fullest potential. Welcome!Learn More About Becky & Lucy»