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Day Two at the Fine Arts Work Center (FAWC)

30 Jul
Provincetown beach

I stopped at the beach before class. It’s only a five-minute walk from the FAWC.

Today was a gorgeous day here in Provincetown. All sun, no clouds and a sea breeze to keep you cool. Pamela Painter assigned us three writing projects last night, and I spent all of the evening and much of the early morning completing them. Some of the assignments are pushing me beyond my comfort zone, which is a good thing. I know I wouldn’t be writing some of these pieces without some pressure. I also feel the pressure of presenting to a class–another thing that makes my work better–knowing that someone will be reading this work and commenting on it makes me more determined to write to the best of my ability. That’s exactly what I signed up for, and I am certainly getting that here.

I’ve been so busy at my job in Boston that I haven’t done much writing lately. Part of my motivation for coming here was to focus on the work, and I think I’ve been doing that. I can certainly take writing seriously, and I think that having a deadline really helps with that. I also think that talking and thinking about writing for three hours every day keeps it in mind. It helps that I don’t have to worry about getting to work at a certain time, maintaining a living space, or making dinner; all I have to do here is get myself to class and figure out which place has the best seafood or homemade ice cream. Not the hardest of decisions!

One of my assignments for tonight is to write a single sentence that is 250-words long. I am not exaggerating when I say that it could take me a few hours to complete. If you’re feeling up to it, try it at home and post your results. I may post mine if it’s not embarrassingly bad!



Tracy Staedter

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