Drop me a line: So much of life…

I don’t know about other writers, but for me, Monday is a notorious day for writer’s block. Maybe it’s all the things I’m trying to bounce around in my head, on my calendar, on my family’s calendar. Maybe it’s just the weekend spilling over into the beginning of the week. Whatever it is, I often wake up and feel a little stuck when it’s time to write.

If you’re feeling this way today or any other day for that matter, try first reading someone else’s writing (or if you’re an artist, looking at another artist’s work). I find that often works for me.

Take a look at this Hurston line and think about it. Then take the line from the top and finish it off with your own writing, (only use the first few words of this line). The words “So much of life” can be taken in a number of directions; see what you come up with and please share your thoughts or drafts by leaving a comment for others to get inspiration. Don’t stress about the perfect line, just see what happens.

So much of life in its meshes! She called in her soul to see.—Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

So much of life is stepping into the empty space of tomorrow with the fullness of yesterday.

So much of life, her years curled up in wrinkles and salt stains on cheeks, now covered with that half smile, and whole hope in her voice.

Now that I have my writing ritual at least started for the week, I need to get myself ready for work and the kids ready for school. Good morning.

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6 Comments on “Drop me a line: So much of life…”

  1. Antonia
    April 23, 2012 at 7:03 pm #

    So much of life is the rhythm and the patterns, the sound of feet padding up and down the stairs, the shudder of a little one dropping off to sleep, the tapping of gnarled paws as the old dog wends its way to the door, the crunch of an apple, the whoosh of leaves on the sidewalk, the brakes of garbage trucks and purrs of school busses, the murmur of a long night’s rain, the cavalcade of crows in the morning, the laughter of children as dusk settles, the comings and goings of neighbors marching through the busy hours of the day.

    • April 23, 2012 at 7:57 pm #

      Thank you for sharing this Antonia. These are beautiful images and sounds, exactly what I had hoped this exercise would evoke. I do hope more people continue to share…we are on a creative roll here. So inspiring!

  2. tifani
    April 23, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

    thank you for this recommendation/reminder that iron sharpens iron… Or in this case lead/ink – smile:

    So much of life waits to be recognized and embraced, but we often miss the opportunities staring us in the face. Life is meant to be lived, not dreaded or complained about. I choose to unwrap this gift with every breath and hold each surprise as a brand new experience to be cherished…

    • April 23, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

      Thank you for sharing Tifani! “Each breath is a gift isn’t it?” Yes, creative reminders are a starting point, but I love when others (like yourself) can finish the thought and share. That is the real gift!

  3. Kimberley
    April 23, 2012 at 8:15 am #

    So much of life escapes so quickly even while I am watching and trying to take it all in.

    • April 23, 2012 at 8:54 am #

      Love this Kim–this is so true isn’t it? Thanks for sharing…

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