Write Where You Are

Elspeth Glenn By Elspeth Glenn, 16th Aug 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
Posted in Wikinut>Writing>Poetry

This piece is a whimsical take on every writer's occasional dilemma - writer's block - and a suggestion for the way out.

Write where you are

Right where you are

Where am I?

I edit too damn much in my head
That’s for sure

I want to write something
Elegant and lyrical
Something that will speak to others the way that
Bronte, Blake and Oliver have spoken to me

So I light a candle
And say my prayers to the muses of WORD

Imagining myself as Lillian Hellmann
I sit with a tumbler of scotch
A pen posing as cigarette hanging from my mouth

I write a new story, my fingers tap tapping over the keyboard
Inspiration flowing like manna from heaven

I take a drag from my pen cigarette as I read what I’ve written
Cursing, I hit the delete button

At least if I was Lillian I could be dramatic
Ripping the page from my typewriter
I would crunch it into a ball and hurl it to the floor
“Dashell”, I would cry. “I’m so undone.”

Instead I am left sitting in front of my computer
With a glass of flat gingerale
And a chewed up pen

I stare at the blank page
And rub my wrists
The beginnings of carpal tunnel flaring

I bite my nails, tidy my desk and wait

Wait for inspiration


STOP WAITING

WRITE

WRITE WHERE YOU ARE

Right where you are

Tags

Being Present, Frustrations, Humour, Imagination, Procrastinating, Writers, Writers Block, Writing, Writing Tips

Meet the author

author avatar Elspeth Glenn
Elspeth Glenn is a writer, storyteller, arts educator & presentation skills coach. Her work has been published in 'The Lorelei Signal', 'Vitality' magazine, 'So to Speak' and in various anothologies.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
11th Apr 2015 (#)

Inspiration on call anywhere, anytime, but for few! siva

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