Monday, October 5, 2009
Pounce for Words
I tried to catch a photograph of the brown pelicans as they sailed over my head during a morning run yesterday. My camera did not adjust in time. Woosh, they soared beyond my camera's eye. Waves surged and bubbled along the rocks but I only captured blurs. I kept running and listened to drums of surf and breathed the spindrift. The wind brought scents of muffins. When timing seems off, I move into other senses.
Once in a while I will feel this way when deciding to focus on a piece of writing. If I chase my subject I might miss the details that surround it. A pull back and patience always help. I discover a new approach or another subject to consider.
This experience occurred as I noticed a cat posed like a pointer dog. I could not tell just what it saw. Nothing moved or wriggled ahead of it. I felt its intrigue and my eagerness slowed to match its patience. Five minutes passed as I approached and rustled the camera out of my fanny pack. I could feel a pounce would occur any second.
Then. . . click and miss. I looked at the photograph on the screen and by chance my camera had taken a second shot. Usually these turn out of my hands and feet. This second shot captured the pounce. The camera had rewarded my patience.
Creative Write: Take time and become patient with your words today. You may have to wait through your freewrite until some idea takes you in a different direction. Let that happen. Then pounce on words!