(Warning: potential whine)
Today I put a couple more poems on the sofa website, and I was thinking about work and how to write more and more deeply. Start with more, because I suspect I'm not working nearly long enough or hard enough? On Bemsha Swing, the current recommendation is two hours a day (I'm trying to start with 30 minutes and that doesn't include any weblog activity or even reading poems).
But will sheer time do it? (I'm having my doubts about that.)
If I write more, I'm sure my writing will improve—eventually, at least a little. But that brings up two questions:
Isn't it about more than time?
But if more time will do the magic trick, why am I not spending more time writing? Why am I letting myself and my work and my dream down?
I already harbor a suspicion that I didn't put enough effort into my fleeting modern dance career, and I've tried to promise myself that I won't make that mistake again. But the distractions run, rampant.
A few years ago, I even tried to write a poem about it.
How do you stay focused? How do you persist with your efforts and your best efforts (and still have time to make dinner)?