North Dakota Roots

A view from up here (46.9 N Latitude). Poetry, musings, and an occasional blurt

Gentle Reader: A recent conversation with a fellow writer has prompted me to give thought to what I might do with my time if I were to achieve a better balance in my life.

What occurs to me, in the context of an alternate use of time and inclination is that I would like to write as an avocation –and more than just dabbling. I use the word alternate because the personal well from which I dip for creative writing also seems to be drawn upon for any creativity needed for professional demands. Often that well is depleted without a single poem to show for it.

However, I am prodded and perhaps a bit haunted by Shakespeare’s admonition about the responsibility of poets to both portray and confront the world. I know in my core that is what I am compelled to do. In the meantime, I scratch seeds of poems and poem parts on napkins and business cards—saved for another day. All too often, I turn my back on emergent poems leaving them to die of neglect.

While entertaining the thought of writing as it could naturally flow, I am quickly confronted with my own demons. Alas, I confess the well is not dry but capped—at my own hands. You see, there have been times when the muse has been more of a relentless curse than a companion.

I suspect—and must admit–I fear becoming lost in that realm. “Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer” . . . I think not.

2 thoughts on “To Write, or Not to Write: That is the Question — Subtitle: Confessions of an Occasional Poet

  1. jillmaria says:

    I write when I can, and when I need to. Sometimes I do so much writing for journals and things that I don’t have time to write what is in my heart, but then it needs to come pouring out.

  2. An interesting post, thanks. I also wrote a little about my motivations for writing here:
    http://thoughtsatintervals.com/2013/02/17/why-i-write/
    Best wishes,
    Andrew

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