Of Writing And Challenges And Gold Stars. Oh, and Eating Them, Too.
“A writer is a person for whom writing is more
difficult than it is for other people.“
Well, at least by Mr. Man’s standards.
I’m not so sure I qualify by my own standards. See, I think that writers? They write.But I’ve dropped all of my of my writing habits this year, temporarily disqualifying me. Getting started again is tougher than I expected.
Oh, there’s no shortage of ideas to write about. In fact, I think I’ve promised to write no fewer than 5,421 different articles.
Yet somehow, none of those 5,421 posts have been written, not this month, nor any other.
Why? Because I know
how difficult writing is.
In this particular case, it’s because the things I want to write are such GOOD ideas. They’re posts that I know people want to read. Ideas for posts they’ve asked to read, ideas for posts they need to know. They’re ideas that will inspire, comfort, instruct, amuse, and, on a really good day? They might even be transformative.
These ideas need words and sentences and framing that do them justice, because they are that good (if I say so myself). Just writing them might not be so difficult, but writing them properly is pretty darned intimidating.
And by “writing them properly”, I mean writing them so they have the desired impact & effect, the words drawing the readers into my mind to experience what I want them to expreience, and then somehow spitting those reader back out into their own individual worlds, where they can digest and make the ideas their own.
But here’s the rub: if I don’t write at all, I’m not to anyone’s taste. If there are no words on the page, no consciousness streaming, no thoughts being badly punctuated, mispelled and typo’d? No one can taste-test the ideas. No one can be nourished or poisoned or disturbed or amused or angered or transformed. And no one can play spot-the-typo.
Not to mention more than a bit boring.
This month? (and maybe next, since this month is half way over, after all) I’ll be challenging myself to write (just write) three posts a week. They may or may not be published here, or elsewhere, and if they are published, they may or may not have a clear objective, original illustrations, or proper formatting.
What they will have is words. Lots of words, sweat-drenched words that reek of the difficulty of writing that, on some days, makes me a writer. I’ll strive to get the illustrations and formatting done, of course, because that’s part of the experience, but first and most importantly?
This post? Yepp. Just words. Words, and a few flourishes, and a bonus game of spot-the-typo.
What, you don’t trust me?
I posted this one, didn’t I?
Now, I get a gold star.
Today’s Comment Guide: Note the typos from this post in the comments and I’ll give you a virtual gold star! Share a favorite quote about writing and you get TWO gold stars! Figure out how to leave *me* a gold star, and I’ll give you THREE virtual gold stars.
But if you post a boring “welcome back!” comment, or mutter other vague thoughtlessly positive encouragements that make me feel awkward or vunerable?
I will EAT ALL THE STARS!
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