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Saturday, January 10, 2015

What I Learned from Week One

... of the Finding Your Way Home course.

We are asked to journal about this.

One thing I have learned is that having a special spot for writing, as we are invited to find, doesn't work for me. Writing happens wherever I am. Often that is at the computer. Often it is somewhere else with iPad — anywhere else, from bedroom to dining-room to park to chiropractor's waiting room.

I have also learned that I am definitely now one who writes on to a screen instead of with paper and pen. Who woulda thought it, a few years ago? It's just a preference, but a surprising one. I can't bring myself to go back to a paper notebook, even for the sake of this course, even as an exercise. Not that we have been asked to; it's not a requirement. But it seems kinda assumed, probably unconsciously. I'm sure I am still in the minority among 'creative' writers.

And I have not so much learned as confirmed that working on poetry takes precedence over pretty much anything else, including 'mindful writing'. Sometimes — often — I write my 'small stones' in verse, but I still give precedence to other poems which are not doing double duty as exercises in mindfulness.

Though, I suppose, all poems require a degree of mindfulness....

 

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6 comments:

  1. I am with you on your first two lessons. Have iPad, will write wherever/whenever the words come. I really want to get back to writing small stones.

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    1. Yes, it's a good practice. That's why I decided to give myself the course, to get back into the way of it.

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  2. Sounds like an exciting course. :) I still keep a written diary when I'm away but otherwise everything is done on my laptop. You're right- who'd have thought? Enjoy it, Rosemary!

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    1. Not so much exciting as peace-inducing, which is what I wanted.

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  3. it's all what you are used to- what ever works!

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    1. Yes, it's really just personal preference.

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