Elbow grease and the muse + capturing the ever-elusive perfect ending

I just spent some time reading through the poems I have posted so far for NaPoWriMo 2014. A couple of things struck me.

First, the contrast between the way things are now versus my feelings toward creativity back in February, not so long ago ( http://www.poeticonic.com/blog/2014/2/12/clarity-on-life-creativity-on-pause). It's telling that all it took was a little elbow grease to bring the muse back to life. Waiting for inspiration is never the answer. The gold comes through the work itself, and sometimes you have to write some throwaways in order to get to the good stuff.

And finally, what really jumped out at me from this month-long daily series is that the endings came quickly for me and they are completely on target, wrapping the poems up in the most ideal ways possible.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I have always struggled with endings. A lot of writers do. The whole poem flows very smoothly and then suddenly you are stuck for that ending. But I had some sort of natural breakthrough, or maybe I just finally trained myself to do it right. All I know is I'm happy with these. Happy enough to feel that they're book-ready. And maybe it's time to finally revisit that old manuscript one last time to tidy up those loose ends (or lost endings) and publish her at long last.

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