Wednesday, January 7, 2015

IWSG: Fragments

Ideas always come in fragments. In time, they come together and build on one another to create something new. Other times the fragments are just that: scraps left on the wayside and forgotten. Have you ever just dug into an old phone or old notebook and stumble upon past musings that didn't make it into your writing notebook?

Sunset headed to California.
Moon on my way back to Washington.

On my flight back to Seattle this Sunday, I did just that. Bored, I combed through notes in my phone and was surprised to find some. Some were terrible, some I liked, but all in all it was interesting to see these fragments as snapshots of my writing mind on the go.

Here's a clip of poetry I like. I wrote it about my sister when she was heading out to move to New York:

She's got battle scars around her heart
with a head filled with dreams.
An intricate life fabric sewn up at the seams.
Faraway eyes, a vision of a scene
Through it she wanders
Making her way the way her conscious deems.

This other clip of poetry was during a stay in Seattle before I decided to move here:

I fear that I am in fact,
a very unhappy person.
I prefer the presence of books to people,
pets to the need of nourishment
for food is hard to swallow between the
salty tears that inevitably fall.
that eveness,
Oh what a lovely piece of asphalt to kiss,
promising stability for the life I hadn't known
I would miss.
If only I didn't weigh you down
with my uncertain emotional tides,
As I sit there waiting.
Waiting for myself to rise.
Rise to the depiction
of the girl you love so well.

And last but not least, a clip of a story that I haven't thought of for awhile, but may be just the thing I should get back into:

Sometimes I feel like some fragments are gold and I should run with them, but at the same time they hardly hold enough substance for me to shape them into a larger project. How do you save your writing fragments? And how do you weave it into your WIP?

Today's post was in particiaption of one of the most awesome support groups ever created by the amazing Alex J. Cavanaugh! If you haven't joined, check out the webpage and see what IWSG is all about!

Thanks also to Alex's wonderful co-hosts: Elizabeth Seckman, Lisa Buie-Collard, Chrys Fey, and Michelle Wallace!


  1. I love finding old notes! Many of them I delete or throw away, but some of them are actually gold. I enjoyed your poems. Thanks for sharing them!

    IWSG Co-host

  2. Its cool to take pics from an airplane. I took some of a lightning storm at night above the clouds. There were hundreds of them appearing as round bursts of light. it was really strange as that's not what I expected to see but very cool at the same time.

    1. Very cool! I have yet to see a thunderstorm from up high! Flying through rain is definitely interesting and something new I experienced on my flight back to Seattle. In the evening sky against the plane's lights, it looks like stardust!

  3. I have some notes on my phone, but most of the bits are in a folder on my computer. It's called Scrawl. Any fragments I have for the current story get written down in that story's notebook, so I know where it is when I get to that part. Great poems, Michelle!

    1. Thanks! How neat! You have a notebook per story?

  4. I used to keep a lot of notes in a book beside my bed from dreams that I'd had. I always have really vivid and exciting dreams that I always wake and think "Wow, that would make an awesome story." However, my sleep addled brain never manages to write enough detail that when I look back on them they just sound like complete nonsense.

    Loved the poetry by the way, never been able to make much in the way of poetry myself.

    1. Thanks! I've tried a dream journal too, but I always end up forgetting it by the time I'm fully awake to write.

  5. Your writing is gorgeous. ^_^

    When I find fragments I like, I combine everything that has the same energy and see if I can do anything with it. I love finding gold on my phone! And even more, I love when an idea solidifies and I look back through my phone and find a fragment of that idea from months ago! It's the little things. :)

    1. Thank you! Ahhh yes, when things start to connect, it is lovely is it not? I enjoy that too.

  6. I don't know whether to laugh, sigh or cringe at old notes when I run into them. The ones you shared are lovely.

  7. Your poetry is lovely!
    Keep your fragments in a file... they may come in handy at a later stage. You never know when you are stuck with a story, and suddenly you'll recall the fragments/ideas from an abandoned story...
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    Writer In Transit

  8. I often get my ideas as fragments too. Sometimes just a character's name, or one line of dialogue. And sometimes it's weeks, or months before it expands into something tangible. Ideas are funny like that, eh?

    1. Definitely strange! And even stranger when it all comes together and clicks!