This One’s for my Homies

As you well know if you follow this blog, I’ve been inactive for a few months. I hit a major rut and lost my inspiration. I don’t know why I felt so completely incapable of putting together a reasonably coherent post; perhaps a perfect storm of ADD, doubt, and self-criticism kept me literarily mute. (Yes, I just made that word up.) I was overwhelmed by the amount of news assaulting my mind and demanding my notice. I couldn’t focus enough on anything else to bother with an attempt.
Truth be told, I had plenty to say. I didn’t crawl into a hole and stop observing the world, but I’d gotten comfortable with pithy responses and began to doubt I could formulate a more well-thought out response than would fill a sentence or two. I would create a draft, do a bit of research, and then tell myself that this was all old news anyway and no one would care anymore.
That’s why, when prompted by friends and followers, I decided to grit my teeth and get back up on the blog-horse (to amalgamate some metaphors) and just break through the writer’s block by force of will.
I have no illusions that this will result in any devastatingly spectacular prose. For now it is enough to simply string words together and form sentences that result in a conclusive idea.
I know that the people who have encouraged me to return to this form of media and expression aren’t demanding Pulitzer-prize winning posts from me… yet, anyway. They simply missed, for some reason known only to themselves, my views on life, politics, spirituality, or any of the other topics that I sometimes opine on. Their encouragement is why I’m back in the writer’s chair (or bed, as it were).
So to those dear folk; the friends, followers, and fellow writers; thank you.
Thank you for nudging and prodding me back into using the written word to share my thoughts and experiences. Thank you for not giving up on me. Thank you for believing me capable of this when I doubted myself.
This one’s for you, my homies. I pour out these words on the fertile ground of the internet. Peace. 😉

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Blog Challenge, Day 5: Still hanging in there.

Technically, it’s after midnight, which makes this day 6. Since my kids have only been in bed about 30 minutes, and since it’s still Oct. 5 on the west coast, I’m calling this day 5’s post. Yes, I skipped day 4. Shame on me, and shame on you for letting me get away with it!

What this experience has taught me so far is that it’s extremely hard to schedule blogging (at least for me). I had a great idea for a post yesterday (well, the 4th), but I was busy and since previously I had written around 10 I put it off instead of making time for it. We see how well that worked out. I’ll have to be more flexible if I’m to post often.

I suppose that’s why I was advised by another blogger when I started to write that I should write more than one post at a time so as to have reserves when I’m too tired or busy to ‘blog from scratch’ (so to speak). That’s good advice for regular blogging, but as this is a month-long daily challenge I feel it’s a bit unfair to employ this method for the time being, though I can’t claim to have successfully employed it as yet.

I don’t know why it’s so hard for me to ‘write ahead’. I suppose the ideas feel stale when left as a draft. I like that there are always new happenings, new ideas to ponder, new things to write about. I suppose it has to do with my attention span, or maybe it’s just my nature to be curious and inquisitive. Both, perhaps. The problem with news is that it generally has a short shelf life. That’s one reason why I decided to do a daily blog challenge. I was tripping myself up, obsessing over what to write, letting the issue grow until I couldn’t put it into words. I would sit down to write and get lost in research.

So daily blogging seemed like a good idea, to get myself comfortable with the process and to understand that it won’t be perfect. It can’t be perfect. Another veteran writer whom I admire approved of the idea and encouraged me. I’m very grateful and blessed to have the support that I do.

The last bit of advice I was given concerning writing/blogging from my ‘boss’ over at Misfit Politics (www.misfitpolitics.co) was to read Shakespeare. If you’re working with words it can’t hurt to read a famous wordsmith, of course. This seems like good advice, especially given that I like a sort of cadence when I write. It also got me thinking that I should read more just for fun. It’s not that I don’t enjoy everything I read – I refuse to suffer through a lot of nonsense – but my choices lately have been more informative than purely pleasure reads. I should remind myself why I fell in love with words.

So that is a summary of my challenge so far, and the advice I’ve been given and am attempting to take and put into practice. If you’d like to add any advice of your own, feel free to comment!