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February 16, 2010

In my own way

Can't say how many times
I sit in the second bedroom/office and
wonder why I cannot write.

It's the desk. Not the right height.
It's the chair. I need a new chair
It's the paper. The notebook isn't doing it for me.
It's the cleaning. Look at the dust on the file cabinet.
It's this and it's that...again.

I stall and there I am. In my own way.
Waiting for some kind of mood to move
me, crying desperation or busting with anger,
to write down all those yummy feelings, thoughts.

I stall and there I am. Looking at the desk,
file folders on right side and books on the left,
unchanged from the day before and the day before that...
and nothing written, wishing the pages away.

I worry the clothes wont get washed,
the groceries won't get bought, or
the damn apartment won't get cleaned.

I worry I will not write again
(we have all told ourselves that one).

I stall

and here I am,

writing...

-Lori Young-Williams
2/16/10

January 25, 2010

What's in Your Way: Writing Prompt Jan. 25 - 31

It's been awhile since I have posted a writing prompt. School got in the way...along with other life issues.

Which is my writing prompt. What gets in the way of doing what you want to do, write, sing, draw, visit with friends, take a day off, the list is endless! How do you get around the barrier that is in your way? Are there times of the year where you have more conflicts than other times? What gets in your way and how do you solve the problem or not.

Please share your thoughts, stories, poems, essays, and prose pieces on this topic. See the "How to Become an Author" blog entry for further information on responding to this and all future prompts. We welcome all posts, if your writing doesn't end up speaking to the prompt but is triggered by it, we want to know!

Happy Writing!