Last Friday I finished filling a journal. This one was filled in record time – I wrote the first poem on January 14th and I filled the last page with a poem on March 20th, it took me only two months to blaze through the pages. Damn.
I have a very specific size and style journal/notebook I buy to write poetry in – it’s big enough that I can write normal, but small and compact enough I can carry it in my purse. I found them at World Market and I absolutely love them. And as I’ve said before, many of us writers are picky about our journals so please don’t buy us one as a gift! So whenever I fill up one journal, I head to World Market and buy another one. Thankfully they have a ton of different themes, so each are different while still remaining the same size.
I’m on my third journal from World Market. The first one I started on March 29, 2014 and I filled the last page on January 13, 2015 – it took 9.5 months to fill the first one but only two months to fill the second. With the third one filled with blank pages I wonder how fast I can fill it.
In Natalie Goldberg’s best selling book, Writing Down the Bones, she talks about filling a notebook every month. It sounds impossible but she’s written some fifteen books so clearly writing a lot is one of the keys to being or becoming a writer – you have to practice your craft constantly. And so my goal is to fill this next journal as fast as I can, to write as much as possible and to push my writing. I’m already eyeing my next journal.