referencing yesterday: the maxim of writing what you know came to mind. It’s a maxim that’s not been among my favorite maxims. Seems to imply limitations on what one may know. Or what one has learned. But I now see it is true if I reword or amend or append it. What I like better than ‘write what you know’ is ‘get to know what you’re writing’. Or who. Get to know who you are writing – who you are creating. Get to know where they are. Get to know as much as possible as thorough as possible. It makes perfect sense now. Just took a looong time to click. Because it – again – slows things waaaay down. Pick out a project to practice on and see how vague it all is, which is depressing because so many days and weeks went into those vague projects. It becomes less depressing on suddenly seeing how they need not at all remain vague. So it becomes the reigning question: how well do you know him or her or it? Do you see them clear in your mind? I reply I know what they’re doing. Sounds like there’s more work to do. Yeah I know. Then today I saw a jawline really clear. Specks of sweat. Thrilling. Inexplicably thrilling.


About Timmy the Scribbler

Love to write all kinds of stuff I love writing so many different kinds of stuff it is a constant struggle to narrow the focus to a manageable handful and let the others go. But a few years ago I dipped my fingers into a poetry pie and of all my uncertainties, one thing that is no uncertainty is that it is one passion that must remain, so maybe that's the one. I do dearly delight in chopping up fictional works into stanzas and syllables.
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