My blog is late being posted. I sincerely apologize! I hate being late. It is disrespectful of your time and I would never intentionally be disrespectful to anyone!
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time I’ve been late and I can’t promise it will be the last. Once a month I sit down to pen this missive and spend an unreasonable number of hours exploring possible topics. What if I wrote about “This?” – Where would that take me? Too often, it results in a first sentence, maybe a paragraph or even a page – and then nothing. I’ve had five ‘false’ starts this time around. A topic I think I can ‘talk’ about, that falls flat on the page. So, I try to come at the same topic from a different angle.
Turns out I didn’t have that much to say about the re-telling of classic stories and the remaking of classic movies. The unlikely possibility of having someone ‘steal’ your story idea didn’t pen much better. The thing is, I’m certain that with the right spark, at the right time, both those topics are worthy. Just not for me, right now. But, don’t be surprised if someday I do write about one, of even both, of those things.
Every month I promise myself I’ll get my blog done early, so I won’t be scrambling at the last minute searching for a worthy topic that is deserving of my readers time. If I struggle with a blog post of only around a thousand-words, how can I expect to take a small spark of an idea and write a one-hundred-thousand word novel? Or even a twenty-thousand word novella?
I think the blog writing answer might be found in the same type of discipline we bring to novel writing. Prolific authors who turn out multiple books a year, or even consistently one book a year, treat their writing like a full-time job, and show up at their desk ready to work/write on schedule. Being sick doesn’t keep them away from the key board. Taking their mother-in-law to the doctor doesn’t take priority over their job – that’s not to say writers don’t have flexibility with their hours, but all those ‘life happens’ distractions do not replace their time at work – they are in addition to.
I suspect that the same is true of habitual bloggers. There are a lot of daily bloggers out there and I don’t think that they have more to say or have a more exciting life than I do (although, on second thought … maybe they do!) At any rate, I think they show up daily, and work. What a concept! They exercise their ‘idea’ muscle on a daily basis and take the mundane and find a way to make it interesting and thought provoking.
A daily habit of turning the mundane into magic. Finding a way to take every day happenstance and describe it with every day words that are put together in such a way that they become easy and fun to read. No matter how you look at it, that sounds like a job. A great job, but a job, none-the-less.
But this blog is not my job! This blog is an obligation to my blog-mates/critique partners and to the readers who seem to always find time to read my words. It is YOU that I think of as I allow my fingers to peck around the key board (Crissy, Emily, Donna, Sheril, Dianne, Beverly, Kay, Gail, Nancy, Kathy, Lisa, Joey, Brian, Pico, Faye … this was a mistake – no way can I sit here and name everyone – so if your name isn’t on the list, it doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate your time – please leave me a note, so I’ll know that you are there!) Also, if there is a topic you’d like to listen to me blathering on about for about a thousand-words, please tell me! I AM ALWAYS SEARCHING FOR IDEAS!
I think it is a fair to say that my readers are my inspiration. I’m always amazed that any of you read more the first few sentences and I am honored that you do it month after month.
Inspiration comes to each of us in as many unique ways as there are unique stories on the library shelves. News reports, a bout of insomnia, an over-heard snippet of a conversation, a poem, a ‘real life’ experience … inspiration is in every part of life – it is a writers job to find that spark and flame it into an inferno.
Have you written today?
Terri Richison (writing as Terri Rich) lives in Clear Lake City, TX with her husband and a giant Great Dane (giant even by Great Dane standards). She is working on self-publishing women’s fiction and avoiding getting a pie in the face if she doesn’t produce pages for every critique session! PIES OR PAGES! Terri started telling stories almost as soon as she could talk – she learned everything she needed to know about storytelling at her grandmother’s knee. Craft however, is something she is still learning – those damn commas give me nightmares!