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One Writer's Journey

A few years ago, I realized that my inspiration and momentum (aka my Muse) often abandoned me and left me high and dry right in the middle of an important piece of writing. This, as I've learned, is an affliction that most, if not all, writers have to deal with from time to time, and sometimes more often than we'd like to admit.

I found, however, that all was not lost. If I couldn't get back into the spirit of whatever I was currently working on, I could almost always find something else to expound upon, some little side path to veer off onto where I would at least continue to churn out words, which is basically what writing is. Good writing involves rereading and editing, and requires getting everything "just right." And sometimes, I, like so many other writers, can "overwrite," just as artists can "overpaint," and end up with a muddle instead of something clear and interesting to read. That's when it's time to stop, sit back, and breathe. But when the momentum to continue writing, just writing, for no good reason, shifts gears, what is one to do? For me, that's blogging, which is, in many cases, the digital equivalent of a wire-bound notebook labelled "Journal."

There are lots of blogs out there, hundreds of thousands of them, on every type of topic the human mind can conjure up. Some are good, some not so good. But unless one expects to get rich off one, it can also be an effective outlet for the sort of writing that just might not make it to "Masterpiece" status.

"One Writer's Journey" began as a sort of diary to accompany my excursion through the world of writing. I added to it often at first. But as so often happens, my mind veered off in another direction, and there it sat. My hope is to learn to give it its due again as an accurate record of my thoughts and feelings along that journey. At the very least, it provides me with an outlet when my Muse is taking a break, or when she's just plain tired of hearing the sound of my inner voice.

Writing Out Loud

At those times when my main writing focus leaves me, it's often a case of something else tugging at me that needs to be said but that doesn't fit the context or content of my current project. It may have to do with writing, or not at all. And I gave it the title of "Writing Out Loud," because I consider it "thinking out loud" and then transcribing those thoughts to my computer screen. For thinking and writing go hand in hand, and one cannot exist without the other, especially for writers. "I think, therefore I write," would be an apt description of the process.


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