Do you have a friend whose work ethic or passion is just so damn invigorating? Are they making things happen in a way you admire, and ultimately get inspired by?
Thanks to the many talented artists I know, I'm lucky to be surrounded by folks who can focus so astutely it makes me jealous. But I'm not kicking dirt at what I may lack; rather, they encourage me to be better, because I know it's possible.
Sure, I might know sitting down to write new poetry is possible, but when I talk to a friend about it and learn about how she wakes up at 5 a.m. to have one solo hour of writing time, away from her husband and kids and teaching life...I can't help but think What's my excuse?!
My mind is taking me to these places because recently I haven't worked on my poetry as strictly as I'd like to, with my attention quickly diverting to journalistic obligations or social funnery or the first season of Fargo (I know, I'm late to the game). So I'm trying to find the writers in my life now (having dinner with one tonight in fact) so I can glean from them how they shut out the distractions and have those hours of pure writing time.
I think when we get rid of the toxic people in our life and get closer to those who inspire us, for whatever reason, we benefit immediately from that close contact. It's as if we get kicked in the ass by osmosis.
Writing is fucking tough, and while I've recognised this truism in fits and starts, this year has given me a deeper understanding of the discipline needed to put bum in seat and fingers on keyboard. But thanks to the successful writers around me, I know good work CAN and WILL get done.
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