This is the beginning of my new blog, and hopefully a new commitment to my writing life. Too often, I push aside my writing life. It’s easy to do. I push it aside to make money in my day job. I push it aside out of guilt for not spending time with my family. I push it aside out of nervousness and apprehension. What if I don’t make it? What if no one reads and no one cares? Or even worse, what if they do?
There are so many reasons not to write, yet, it is all I think about, all I desire. When you write, hours go by like minutes, words flow that you never knew you had. You experience that bliss that comes from total release within that electric gray matter floating around in your skull. I love the feeling of writing above nearly anything else, and it is time I embrace that more fully.
I don’t need to be Stephen King. I don’t need millions of dollars. All I need is one person, one individual soul to tell me that my work meant something to them, or barring that, just that they enjoyed reading it. I miss that feeling. The feeling of seeing your words in print, published by someone else, enjoyed by any who find it.
Thus, this blog, is hopefully the beginnings of a more complete site. My plan is to post occasional short stories I have written, track my daily progress, and generally express any other thoughts as they come up. I also generally read a few books at once, so I’ll keep tabs on that, as well.
Like everything, it all begins with a single word, which grows into a sentence, a paragraph, a thought. Thoughts can entertain, change a life, or change the world. But it always begins with a single word.
I don’t ask for the ability to change the world. Just to write that first word and see what happens.
writing today: 950 words on a short story
reading: Strunk and White’s Elements of Style, Burning Chrome by William Gibson, Starship Troopers by Robert Heinline, On Writing Horror by the Horror Writer’s Association.
recently read: Write Good or Die by Various Writers, Stupid American History by Leland Gregory, Highland Martial Culture by Chistopher Scott Thompson
films recently seen: Captain America, Horrible Bosses
4 thoughts on “It all begins with a single word.”
I’ve just started my blog up too…It’s sort of an intimidating process. I don’t have a voice in my writing yet, but I suppose the only way to develop one is to write and write often. Welcome to the journey! It’ll be an interesting ride.
They say the only way to learn to write is to read and write a lot. I don’t think anyone stops learning, and I know that looking back at things I wrote in college, my voice is totally different than it once was. In part, because I am different man than I once was.
Jack, I too have a love of words and I wish you well and look forward to your short story. I shall follow you with interest!
I look forward to writing them and I appreciate your following me. I like your blog. I was a visual artist for most of my life. I appreciate a good eye.