I know I’m late getting here. It’s been one of those weeks. Too much to deal with and no real time to think about it before the next thing comes rolling in to knock me off my feet. Between things, I’ve been trying to come up with a topic for us to discuss. Truth be told, I’ve rejected most of them. Not because they are ‘bad’ topics, but because I’m not so much in the mood for discussion of any sort.
For the first time in over a year, I tried to write a poem this week and couldn’t finish it. Scary. That doesn’t mean I couldn’t write anything. I did. I wrote in my journal every day and posted some short verse for the daily stones. And the day after I couldn’t write that poem, I did write another in response to a prompt. Which only tells me that I am a bit scattered in the aftermath (at least hoping it can be defined as aftermath) of what has occurred this past week.
Paula mentioned last week, that she can’t write about something unless it stirs her feelings. I’m finding it hard to write because my feelings are so stirred up. I can’t seem to focus in on just one thing. This isn’t Writer’s Block. I have been able to write, but only about things that are not too stirring, lol. Which brings me to today’s topic by default: how do you choose which prompt you will respond to on any given day? Do you let your emotions rule and decide that way? Or do you overrule your emotional response and bull your way through to something for posting?
There are days when I look at a prompt and my only response is, “Oh, shit.” So, I walk away and let it simmer back there out on the back forty. I do other things, read, play with colors, and if I’m really desperate, I’ll even do the dishes. Most often something will begin to whisper in my inner ear. It may be an oblique, or even obscure means of getting at the topic at hand, but I will try it. Most often that works.
When it doesn’t, I’ll go back into my files and see if there is anything there that might be pertinent. I’ve been writing long enough that I actually have a lot of cushion for that activity. Failing that, I will simply put up a post and say it isn’t to prompt. Given the right mood and attitude, I’ve been known to allow myself to simply play hookie and hope for a better day tomorrow. That doesn’t happen often.
So, for this week, I would ask that you speak to the issue of how you choose the prompts to which you respond. Do you skip them at times? Do they get to be too much? Do you allow yourself to play hookie, or go looking for a better or more pleasing opportunity? And when, or if you do such things, how do you feel about it? Do you have favorite prompt sites, or do you go exploring and choose among a number of them? Have you ever responded to more than one prompt with the same piece of writing? Do you think that’s cheating or overachievement in action?
And before I quit, I’d like to thank all of you who responded to last week’s discussion. It was quite educational and I found a lot of poetry hiding in your responses. I sort of got a bit wrapped up in the image of a poem as hijacker (thanks Margo) and wondered if the poem would look like Angelina Jolie wrapped in spandex, walk like John Wayne, be carrying a AK-47, and be driving a classic Corvette convertible, or riding a glistening dragon. And just what would it demand for a ransom? Guess the imagination factor hasn’t lost much to all of that stirring.