The First 31

Photo by David Castillo Dominici


As quickly as it came in, the first month of the year has gone by in a blur. These first 31 days of 2012 have been absolutely refreshing. I have a new outlook on life and my writing. It is an awesome feeling.

My pen has spent more time on paper in the past month than in the past year. I’m not 100% proud of that, but I’m being honest with myself.

I’ve spent a lot of time looking for inspiration. You know, things to keep me on my toes and ready to go.

I love to read different quotes that make me feel good about myself as well as my writing. One quote is:

“You must want enough. Enough to take all the rejection, enough to pay the price of disappointment and discouragement while you are learning. Like any other artist you must learn your craft – then you can add all the genius you like.” ~Phyllis A. Whitney

Another quote that I shared recently on Twitter was:

“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer. No surprise in the reader.” ~Robert Frost

Quotes like these have pushed me through these first 31 days and have given me so much inspiration. They motivate me to continue to put words down on paper.

Another inspiration of mine is a pretty simple one – reading. Before I sit down to work on my poems, I read poetry. Not my own of course.

Currently, I’m reading “Good Poems for Hard Times”. The book features several different poets with several different styles. It’s helped me flow better with my own words.

While both of those types of inspiration are wonderful, my main inspiration comes in the form of people. My 4 little grown people (my children) keep me smiling and wanting to push forward. Aside from them I have a few supportive friends and of course, all of my readers. I feel an obligation to write as much as I can before my eyes close every night.

Even though its only been 31 days in this year thus far, I have decided that this is my year to capitalize. And by capitalize I mean heading towards my ultimate goal of being prolific. It’s just the right thing to do.

So, on to the next month. My hope –┬áthat it’s as inspirational as the first 31.