June 24/365 Comparison

Writing for hours a day since he was 14 years old. That makes a poet.

He described it:

I sat myself at the desk
for this day’s lifelong
engagement with the one task and desire.

When I was 14, I wrote maudlin, angst-ridden crap. Once in a while. When I was upset.

I have never managed to approach the work with enough desire, enough hours of my life.

Not really whining, I’m afraid. Just looking at lives, and feeling the urge to write something maudlin, as usual.


8 thoughts on “June 24/365 Comparison

  1. I believe mastery of anything involves maintained momentum. I’ve always been able to find momentum, but never to maintain it. Imagine being able to maintain it since age 14.

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  2. You are an amazing writer without that. And why do I think it’s just well-off guys who manage to do this? (I did hear him read a couple of times…quite wonderful.)

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  3. I had a neurological condition and by the age of 14 was writing 10+ handwritten pages a day. By 17, I was up to 25. I didn’t think it was a problem until I was later medicated for anxiety and my writing dropped to near nothing. And I realized that writing was a compulsion I had…probably related to something going awry in my temporal lobe. It isn’t always a good thing.

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  4. The other day I heard a news clip about a study that found that people who meditate are less motivated. That’s my excuse.

    (And I agree with Indigo: you are an amazing writer, despite your self-described lack of desire and time to devote to the craft.)

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  5. I know what you mean and I did the same at that age, (maudlin, angst-ridden crap. Once in a while. When I was upset.) I still only really write when the spirit moves me, which is not often enough anymore.

    I agree, though, that you are a very good writer. I have read some of your Root Fences blog posts and — wow.

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