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If you are willing to write badly, you won’t experience writer’s block

If you are willing to write badly, you won’t experience writer’s block.  That’s the advice that Jerry Cleaver gives in his writing book, Immediate Fiction.

I have been unwilling to write bad poetry as a means of writing good poetry.  I have channeled some breathtaking poetry but since then, and it’s practically ten years, I have written less poetry because I am unwilling to write anything but a great poem.  That determination has created writer’s block. In this case it takes the form of not having a clue what to write.  That’s the opposite of the first forty years of writing poetry when I had dozens of subjects at every turn.

Recently, I realized that I want to write another volume of poetry, but I know unless I am willing to write badly, nothing will come from the impulse.  I am willing to write a bad first draft of a novel because I don’t have anything invested in writing a good one, but the poetry which I’ve written since age 7 is a whole other issue.

I can’t promise I can over this problem, but I might give it a try.  I’ll let you know.

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