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    New Tricks

    They say it takes 21 days to learn a new habit.

    April was National Poetry Month, and since I love poetry, I decided to take the NaPoWriMo challenge of writing 30 poems in 30 days. I've never written poetry "on demand" before, it is always something that I have done when one just sort of presents itself to me. So, I was a little bit nervous. But I did it. Whew!

    And I learned a lot along the way. I learned that perhaps I don't always have to wait for the so-called muse to stop by for a visit before I pick up my pen. I learned that keeping myself in "poetry mode" at all times isn't as hard, or as stressful as I thought. And I learned that doing something every single day, even when you might not feel like it, forces you to grow.

    I also learned that my stubborn streak really comes in handy sometimes. And that if I start getting out of bed an hour early every day to write, I start falling asleep well before my usual bedtime.

    Perhaps most importantly, I learned to take the time to listen to myself, really listen. Even when I think I don't have that time to take.

    The whole experience made me think a lot about writing. Why I do it, whether or not I'm any good at it, if, possibly, this is what I was meant to do. One of my fears about pushing my writing to the next level has always been the notion that if I had to do it for a living, would it lose its wonder, would it become a chore, would I dread sitting down to write? Of course, as usual, the answers have eluded me.

    But the process was wondrous, eye-opening, thought-provoking. I'd have to say that is a pretty good habit to form.

    Not that I plan to keep on writing a poem a day.

    At least now I know that if I have to, I can do it.

    Reader Comments (15)

    So, Kelly, you're saying you really CAN teach an old dog new tricks! :) I love it. CONGRATULATIONS. Your daily practice for a month is truly an inspiration. I wouldn't have doubted for one second you could do it! Thank you.

    May 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGinnie

    It's about daily practice!! Over and over again - I see more and more the benefits and results. Congratulations...what an inspiration to have created a poem each day for 30 consecutive days!!!

    May 1, 2012 | Registered CommenterMarcie

    ...and all of us who followed this AMAZING feat were treated to the new habit of READING a poem a day for which i thank you, thank you,thank you!

    May 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterhoney

    Congratulations on this accomplishment! I so admire you determination and stick-to-it-ness! (That may not be a word, but I am hopeful you'll understand.) Very inspiring achievement.

    May 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSue

    And you wrote some beautiful poems! I did NaPoWriMo last year. I knew this April was going to be tough so I decided I'd do it but skip weekends and whatever other days were just too hard for me. It's supposed to be fun after all. I actually did write poems every day, I often do, it's just that some of them are more sad (or frustrated) laments and I don't post those. =/ But there will be one last poem posted tomorrow... drum roll please...

    May 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMaery Rose

    Congrats Kelly! You've hit upon a wonderful topic and that's PRACTICE. I love how Marcie calls hers a "Daily Practice" because that's exactly what we must do if we want to become better at something! I know how it's help me in my photography. So cheers to your thirty days, I've enjoyed following along! And btw, if we don't push it to the next level we'll never know, will we?

    Way to go girl! It is so inspiring to read your words and see the struggle you overcame once you decided you were going to write a poem everyday.
    Practice, practice,practice is what it boils down too. In the end, it is only the matter of knowing how much we really want to do what we love, don't you think? :-)

    Well, you have learned lessons that I seek to learn. Perhaps not my poetry, but...

    May 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMother

    Congratulations !! You are an inspiration, I hope I will be able to do my own daily practice

    May 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPetra

    What you did, Kelly, is really inspiring. Yes, it is possible to do something every day - that daily practice. I tried that in February with painting (drawing, sketching...) a face every day, and I almost did it. I like that it gave you the opportunity to really listen to yourself.

    May 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarola

    There is so much mythology surrounding "the Muse", the need for inspiration, and so on. Just recently I read and failed to keep an observation from some writer or other to the effect that anyone who won't write every day never will write a book.

    "Practice" is a good word, a likable word, but hidden behind it are words I'm not so comfortable with: focus, persistence, discipline. Without those qualities, practice can be wasted time. I know - I spent hours of my life "practicing" my clarinet, and did little more than put in the hours to satisfy my mother!

    May 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commentershoreacres

    Congratulations :-) Your post is very inspiring.

    May 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCherryPie

    What a fabulous accomplishment and something that perhaps I might aspire to. Perhaps not with writing but my camera I think.

    May 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

    i always think your poetry is gorgeous and often wish it was something i could do. i'm doing an online writing course at the moment and did try my hand at a poem, was inspired by some recent events - it felt quite liberating to do it :)

    May 7, 2012 | Registered CommenterEliza

    Oh, Kelly, this is wonderful! And you gave me an example that things ARE working if you're doing them the way you've described. Inspiring!

    May 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJozica @ Creatissimo

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