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Quantity over quality? But it works

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Quantity over quality? But it works

Postby riverwriter » Sat Dec 12, 2009 7:32 am

Yesterday I posted my 1000th original poem in my blog, wordcurrents, where, except for a hiatus of fourteen months, I have posted a new poem every day since February 2006.

Not every poem is a "keeper" (as anglers say), but I am pleased with most of them. You may wish to drop by and comment.

In the space of a month, over 2000 visitors read wordcurrents. You can see where they are from by clicking on the link at the end of this sentence, and typing "30" in the "Time" slot: wordcurrents' Visitors' Map. If you hover your cursor over any of the orange dots, the name of the location comes up.

I started this project to jolt myself out of a seven year writer's block. I had always known that I needed a deadline to work, and an editor to create the pressure. In this case, the deadline was the promise to post a new poem every day, and the editor was each reader/subscriber. And it worked. This has been my own personal NaPoWriMo project, except that the time span is open-ended. I have discovered that the experience has really established sold links between the synapses I need to work in order to tap into my right brain (that's a dig, Agnes :badgrin: )

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Re: Quantity over quality? But it works

Postby Jabberwhacky » Sat Dec 12, 2009 8:29 am

Congratulations Riverwriter!

May you have many more! Somehow you have succeded in retaining quality in that quantum of work too. Amazing!

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Re: Quantity over quality? But it works

Postby riverwriter » Sat Dec 12, 2009 9:29 am

:D Thanks, Ravi, If working at this pace proves anything, it is that quantity of work has a place in quality. But it also produces clunkers: I can recall whole weeks when I hoped nobody was reading wordcurrents because of the crap I was turning out. But mainly, I am happy about the effect of constant practice on my ability to write. And the nice thing about publishing on line is that you can always go back and revise.

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Re: Quantity over quality? But it works

Postby Agnes » Sat Dec 12, 2009 10:26 am

Congrats, Riverwriter. Dig away. That's why I'm so groovy. :p You have about 10X the number of posts as I do on my blog. (I started in in Feb 06 too, I think. Around then.) Mine aren't all poems either. I don't have a visitor counter. If I had one of those maps, it'd probably have 10 dots total. :lol:


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Re: Quantity over quality? But it works

Postby riverwriter » Sat Dec 12, 2009 4:36 pm

Thanks, Agnes, but remember, just between you and me (and if you tell anybody, I never said it) I'm a single-minded (but double brained of course) poet/fanatic. :smt119

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Re: Quantity over quality? But it works

Postby olson29 » Sat Dec 12, 2009 9:39 pm

riverwriter wrote::D Thanks, Ravi, it is that quantity of work has a place in quality. But it also produces clunkers: I am happy about the effect of constant practice on my ability to write. And the nice thing about publishing on line is that you can always go back and revise.



I totally agree

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Re: Quantity over quality? But it works

Postby Michelle » Thu Apr 08, 2010 3:51 pm

Congrats, Riverwriter!! That's quite an accomplishment. I just started my blog yesterday...http://scribbledblackink.blogspot.com/
I'll add you to my blogroll!
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Re: Quantity over quality? But it works

Postby JmPasc » Mon May 03, 2010 2:16 pm

Good for you, riverwriter! I agree that there's something about keeping on writing that is good for the soul and good for the writing. Sometimes even when I write a poem I reject, there's one word or one thought that sticks in my mind, ready for using in a different poem, even if years later.

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