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  • April 15th, 2011 | 10:18 AM
Poem a Day #15

I am horrible about falling into the "compare" trap when talking about progress on a project. If I've written 100 words, someone else has done 500. If I manage 1,000, someone else has done a chapter. It's discouraging to me so I find that I have to pull away from reading a lot of what my friends are doing. This is even worse when I am working in verse because word counts and chapter counts, well, they don't count up the same. So I am trying to celebrate a poem a day. More is good. More is great. But more doesn't always happen and that's okay.

Poem a Day #15

one well-written poem
(no chapters, word or page counts)
a productive day

© 2011 Susan Taylor Brown. All rights reserved.
There are so many stories only you can tell.Tell them, please.


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April 15th, 2011 05:25 pm (UTC)

I'd say we could count how many words we cross out, but then we could compare who cut more, too....
April 22nd, 2011 06:54 am (UTC)
I agree. I think we cut more, especially if we go by percentages. :)
April 15th, 2011 05:43 pm (UTC)
Good for you. I try to think of writing like yoga - it's not a competition against anyone but yourself. A poem a day, like I told you last night, is amazing. I celebrate you.
April 22nd, 2011 06:54 am (UTC)
Good analogy that writing is like yoga and that we compete only with ourselves. The hard part, of course, is that rest of the world conditions us to compete with everyone else.

I appreciate you celebrating me. Thank you.
April 15th, 2011 07:09 pm (UTC)
your one well-written poem
beats my not-at-all written poem
but hey, who's counting?

April 22nd, 2011 06:47 am (UTC)
No more counting for me. No more scorekeeping.
April 15th, 2011 07:30 pm (UTC)
April 22nd, 2011 06:47 am (UTC)
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April 22nd, 2011 06:46 am (UTC)
I missed this. Haha on the having written zero poems this month.
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

Who am I? A motivational speaker, writing instructor, workshop leader and full-time follower of dreams.

Who am I? Read and find out.

Susan Taylor Brown

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