Small Burst with Bacterium Creates Change
Bacterium, the singular reference of bacteria, creates change. It is concerned in fermentation and putrefaction, the production of disease, the fixing of atmospheric nitrogen. It is from the Greek, backtron, walking stick. I am immediately drawn to fermentation (my father made kraut when I was a child and had me dance in the crock to Polka music) and walking stick (they are used by many elderly folks). Bacterium breaks down the old and brings about the new
Shifting the State of a Project
This random choice was interesting. Minute species create change a single bacterium at a time. The breakdown in a solid state becomes a liquid state. Then, it changes from a liquid to a gaseous state. If this occurs with living organisms, then I can apply it to creativity and writing, too. The best projects can go bad overnight. Or, if a piece of work is exposed to critique too soon, it can be seemingly destroyed. A manuscript on a jump drive that’s tossed in a desk drawer and forgotten. The mention of the project can bring angry tears that turn to sighs of the lost project. Sometimes forgiveness helps. See https://wewriteitright.com/self-forgiveness-editing-gets-personal/
Bacterium’s message is mystical: “Trust the process.” Bring out an old essay that was rejected several times. It may hold a chapbook’s worth of prose poems. A flash-fiction piece that never jelled might become a 10 minute play. When something seems to have dissolved overnight, shelve it. Jot a note to look at it in a week. Or, cull through old files for works that were heavily critiqued in an academic setting. Simply circle the most vibrant words in the piece and begin anew with a free-write. Begin the journey anew. The walking stick metaphor goes well here.
What works do you have housed in your word processing app that may have the beginnings of new projects? Consider taking the time to play with form and free-write about it in your journal.
Here’s to growing your flow,