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It’s a good time to share something that will be both helpful and inspirational for our coming challenge, to write every day for ALL of March. I have started a writing group at my school and there are eight of us. We’ll meet once a month to share and give support to each other. We have chosen a book about writing to read parts of each time, a part of building our community. The book is The Muses Among Us-eloquent listening and other pleasures of the writer’s craft, by Kim Stafford, William Stafford’s son, now teaching at Lewis and Clark College.
Toward the beginning of the book, Stafford tells the story of all musicians, who know that if their instruments are not played daily, an instrument dies. “A guitar, a violin, a lute chills the air for the first fifteen minutes of fresh play. It will need to be quickened from scratch.” But a fiddle played every day hangs ready, “anxious to speak, to cry out, to sing at the bow’s first stroke.”
He further quotes Pablo Casals: “If I don’t practice for even one day, I can tell the difference when I next cradle the cello in my arms. If I fail to practice for two days, my close friends can also tell the difference. If I don’t practice for three days, the whole world knows.”
For anyone new, I believe you will discover that you’ll find a rhythm to your “music” of writing each day, & it will be easier than if you had to write once a week. Stafford ends the particular chapter I am referencing with these wonderful words:
“Yes, there will be labor, and hours with sweat dripping off the elbows. Yes, the words will have to be tuned—but the pen! Already shouting, poised and happy.