Pavlovian practice for writers

“You fail only if you stop writing.”   – Ray Bradbury

 

Pavlovian practice for writers

So out of practice

With the practice

Of daily pages

It would be simpler

To move the mountains

Separating my village and

The Mediterranean

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The first three

Clumsily, scribbled pages

Meditation in self-persecution

Words appear in slow motion

Impaired by intracranial cobwebs,

Dust and perhaps atrophy

What is not used…

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Week two, still breathing

Ego damage continues

But flagellating ceases

Chocolate covered expresso beans

A placebo or positive reinforcement

Pavlovian conditioning

Am I really ready for this?

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Week three, breathing more steadily

Ego still receiving casualties

Cobwebs and dust eliminated

Synapse healing slowly

Positive reinforcement continues

Who doesn’t love chocolate and expresso?

Outlook improving…

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Bisous,

Léa