Dusty must filtered with green.

…lapping for warm air, gliding over the crushed figure of a discarded surgical glove.

The draft as he spoke, scalded and cheap.

Just some of the lines I’m working with as I continue to work my way through 100 days.

My goal when I started, or more accurately when we first discussed the 100 days project, was to spend this one hundred days writing every day so that I would have a finished book of poetry by day one hundred. Twenty-five days in and I have come to the realization that I will not have a book at the end of one hundred days and I might not even have a single poem.

And that’s a good thing.

What?!? It’s true. As I delve more into the process, I am beginning to really explore the process, which I believe is the point of this. I might spend all day on one line. One line. Or an image that will become a line. I am starting to understand how beautiful it is to wallow in the actual creation of what will someday evolve into a finished piece of work.

I feel the financial pressure (we all do!) to write, write, write to produce in the hopes of receiving some sort of compensation, either for validation or rent or both. I have forgotten the enjoyment of actually being a writer to write – to pursue with wonder and curiosity. To explore a character intimately (yes, poets have protagonists, too).

I saw a headline about Elizabeth Gilbert and I clicked on it; just a story about her tour with Oprah, however, one passage really struck me. “Here’s what I’m going to tell you about your fear: It’s the most boring thing about you,” Gilbert says. “The most interesting thing about you is your creativity, your passion, your love, your joy, your faith — all that stuff is fascinating.”

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I have lived in fear for a long time and it is boring. I’m rather enjoying living in wonder instead.

And you never know…maybe I will have a book on day one hundred…

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Written by Jennifer Bowen

Jennifer Bowen hails from a family business of research and has always considered it valuable. After working on her first YA book, she yearned for feedback from teenage readers, and the idea for BookHive and an organized beta reader process was born. As QueenBee of BookHive (more fun than CEO) she has attended the San Francisco Writers Conference, the Boston Book Fair, and The New York Self-Publishing Conference. BookHive was also selected to attend Startup Alley at the Book Expo of America in 2015, as "One of Twenty Startups to Watch."

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