There is a poem by Wendell Berry “A Warning to My Readers” from The Selected Poems of Wendell Berry that I want to keep for days when I must get motivated to not start, but finish. I realize that writing is like making a lei. The attitude coming in is everything and the finished product reflects that attitude. Bad attitude = crooked lei. I had two people tell me this week, “it is because you’re a writer” although the “it” part is lost to my memory, it is just a reminder that I am a writer. My lens in life is through words, so get writing, even if I would rather be reading.
But I am a reader that writes first, so I am holding onto this poem because it will come in handy and then I can start writing.