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.