Wednesday, July 22, 2009


The rain on my window sounds like bubble wrap being popped demurely – poppity pop. Or popcorn. Or hundreds of fingernails tapping softly. Hmmm. I’m thinking that this is why I’m not a novelist – aren’t you supposed to be able to write in metaphors & similes, and all those parenthetical descriptive ways? For me, this rain on my window really does sound like rain. On my window. As I commented on someone else’s blog recently, I’m a literal soul.

I’m intrigued by my own writing process – which is to say, my non-process. Basically a thought or poem or essay blooms in my head, fully formed & resists all efforts to modify or rewrite – draft isn’t really in my vocabulary. Except for this little post, obviously – there’s no blooming going on here! Just being contemplative while I listen to the rain.

How do you write? Maybe I’ll try some new method if it intrigues me enough…

And here’s a PSA: I had my annual mammogram yesterday. As usual, it was uncomfortable, but not painful. If you’re a woman over the age of 40 & you don’t get regular exams, please start now. It’s the perfect way to show that you love yourself – and your family & friends.


  1. Oh, I like literal minds. I usually write just like I talk. If people get too complicated in writing, I wish they`d read their sentences out loud and see if they understand them themselves!
    I love rain on my window, too! Thanks for visiting my blog, Bug!

  2. Bug, you should try the Saturday Wordzzle writing challenge that Raven's Nest runs each week. I do it now and it's great for getting the old juices flowing. Raven's URL is: Raven's Nest
    Anyway, your likening f rain to popcorn, etc was actually pretty evocative to me.

  3. Once you begin to discover how and why it is you write, then usually a new way begins. That's the way of poetry, when you think you have a grasp of it, it vansishes. I don't see having a literal mind as being bad, you're an obversvationist, you can recreate and that seems hard for some people. Go with it, you have all the talent in the world.

  4. Thanks ladies - I appreciate the good commentary.

  5. I wouldn't say literal, maybe journalistic? A documentarian perhaps?

    I'm a stream-of-consciousness writer, as if I've inhaled the spirit of William Faulkner at some point in my life and can't seem to exhale deeply enough to exude the rest of him from my soul, and luckily my fingers can keep up with my brain, most of the time. I'm married to a journalistic man. It makes for interesting conversations.


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