in her book of sage advice for writers
disguised by its title as a book about birds
to always carry 3x5 cards and
a pen or pencil
to scratch down the random thoughts
that flock to the mind
and stick a little.
She warns if you don’t they'll
always escape, fly away,
like restless birds,
no matter how momentarily
I know. I was carrying cards
and pencils and pens
even before I read her book.
That’s not my problem.
My problem is my aging
and the chicken scratch scrawl
that loops as randomly as silly string
from the end of the pen as I write.
I can never read it later.
Ideas are crafty escape artists
and flighty. Like birds.
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Since becoming hooked on using a PC for writing, my always poor handwriting has consistently deteriorated. The only way I can write legible notes is to make myself slow down when I write, and generally print. Even so many times I’ve later looked at notes and had no idea what I’d written. How about you? Do you experience this ailment of illegibility?
BTW: The Anne Lamott book referenced, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, is an excellent resource for all writers.
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