The interviewer, incredulous that anyone could write a poem every day asked Mr. Stafford, "How do you do it? How can you be inspired every day to write a poem?"
Mt Stafford replied, "I lower my standards.”
I suppose the same is true in context with adding a daily blog post. Forget inspiration, some days are just going to be haphazard entries!
I don’t write every single day, but I do get something down most down days. Mostly because I’m a creature of habit (some good ones, others bad). But daily means that lots of the time my writing won’t be eloquent or clever or polished. More often than not I have to lower my standard (how do you lower non excellence?) and I’m certainly not even attempting to be poetic. So, my hat is off to William Stafford, I can barely pull off prose day by day. I can’t even imagine waxing poetic on a daily schedule!
Stafford, whose poetry is often compared to that of Robert Frost, composed over 22,000 poems in his life. On the day he died of a sudden heart attack in 1993, his family found a poem he had been writing that day that contained the following lines:
“You don’t have to
prove anything,” my mother said. ‘Just be ready
for what God sends.’”