The Write Stuff

It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else.
Erma Bombeck

So as it turns out, part of having a blog is actually writing posts — a pretty big part, actually.  I knew I would run into that wall eventually.  I decided to brainstorm some topics, and what I came up with first was, well, writing posts.  Clever, huh?  Yeah, that’s me.

For many years, I kept a nightstand notebook to record my dreams upon awakening so I wouldn’t forget.  I got to the point where I would wake slightly, keep my eyes shut, and write.  I didn’t have to jot down exactly what the dream was; a few key words would bring it right back to me later. The trick was actually being able to decipher what I had written when I finally opened my eyes.  I kept those pages in a journal, and I still go back to them on occasion to revisit some of my more interesting dreams.

I put a notebook and pen next to the bed.  That should help.  So far, I have used exactly one page of that notebook.

A friend of mine, who is a songwriter/musician and published author, used to tell me that writing was like a muscle – you have to keep working it.  And when famous authors are asked by hopefuls how to be a successful novelist, they famously say, ‘Write.’  They also say, ‘You’re only as good as your last piece.’  I will be posting some of my old stuff to remind and motivate myself.  If I am only as good as my last, it’s time for some new stuff. I know I will likely embarrass myself with some of my posts, so I apologize in advance for that. 

There is some comfort in holding a pen again.  Mentally, it feels good — I need this.  I’m nervous and rusty, but I’ll get better.  I promise.

Thanks for listening.

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