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Is a bad poem worse than no poem?

I have been thinking about the Kurt Vonnegut quote I posted yesterday.

The problem with writing is: A) starting B) finishing C) doing it well.

I am grossly aware of how unqualified I am to write about the things I deem most important to write about. We are all experts at ourselves, so lifestyle blogging is hard to mess up. You can’t fail at your own genre and you get to choose your level of difficulty. While that is an honest and true, it isn’t challenging. It doesn’t mean that everything has a Full House moment at the end, but if it doesn’t have substance, it is like ice cream cake for lunch. You freaking enjoy the quick sugar high, but all you’re left with is an empty stomach and type 2 diabetes. And you can’t get those minutes back. And yeah, I had ice cream cake the last three days for lunch.

I have toyed with the romantic idea of simply not posting if I have nothing worth noting.

There are a few schools of thought here. On the one hand, Anne Lamott says to write about what you’d love to come upon. For me this means truth spoken honestly and humbly. I piggyback that onto this Mike Monteiro quote from a few days ago, “You are responsible for the things you help put in the world. If you do not think something should exist in the world, do not participate in it.”

I’m not sure where I land ideologically. Is it better to create a half ass paragraph for the sake of habit forming and consistency? Or to be my own best editor and Minister of Quality Control? Do I make this a place where I vow to never participate in what will waste my / my readers’ time? Or do I contribute to the internet’s black hole in the name of discipline? Thoughts?

Via Things Organized Neatly

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Kurt Vonnegut on creating

“Go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.” —Kurt Vonnegut

via this post that I will write about in the near future.

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