Story Wonders: Turning Creative Mud into Pies

Topics: Writing

So here’s a thing that happens to me with writing.

If I write something awful, starting the next piece feels like wading through a muck-filled bog.

“What if it stinks of skunk cabbage like last time?” I ask myself.

If I write something wonderful, starting the next piece feels like wading though a muck-filled bog.

“It can never be as fine as the last time,” I tell myself. 

If I can’t bring myself to make the slog through the bog to begin with, the next time I do try will still feel like that same slog.

I’ve learned that the only way through the writing bog is the slog.

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The Bog

Unless…I get the chance to write haiku and group stories on a white board with my colleagues and friends. A little slog still happens. But, honestly, it becomes something more like making mud pies.

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Birthday Haiku

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Sure they don’t all taste good. But, for the love of rain boots, it sure was fun. Fun enough to get me to start this blog slog once more. Who knew?

Karrie

Boots in the bog

 

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About the author: Karrie Zylstra Myton is a blogger, essayist, and aspiring author who writes for the wild joy it brings on the best days and the hard lessons she learns about life on the worst. After crafting stories in the ridiculously early morning hours, she chases her two sons, cuddles with cats, and laughs with her husband about how crazy life can get in middle age.

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