I am not just a writer or just a dad blogger any more than I am just a father, friend or man.
Nor am I solely the product of my experiences. You may wonder if or why it matters for me to define myself this way and all I can respond with is our personal definition of who we are is the most important one of all.
At least that is how I see it today, as a 46-year-old man who is looking out at the world thinking very carefully about the future I want and considering what actions I can and should take to make those things happen.
Yet I never forget who I am today is not who I once was nor who I might end up becoming. All I know is that I technically don’t have time to write this but I am going to find a way to compress time and fit something in because writing is like breathing to me and I choke without my air.
The Strength Of A Writer
The strength of a writer lies in remembering those scars. The minutes and moments that left their imprint are a big part of the well I draw upon to write these posts and the fiction that you see intermixed in it all.
I don’t have any particular rituals for writing that I have to follow in order to make the words flow from my fingertips. Most of the time I just need a place to sit and my headphones for when the noise around me finally becomes a nuisance.
Someone asked me to describe how I write fiction and part of me laughed because I haven’t published any books or stories. Written tons of them, sent out millions of characters into cyberspace but there is nothing in print thatÂ provesÂ I am a published writer…of fiction.
Got other stuff out there that is published, but most of it is old or doesn’t contain my name so you wouldn’t know it was me and even if you stumbled across it you might not recognize my writing.
I sometimes wonder about that, how many people can truly recognize my writing and how many don’t. Doesn’t really matter, just something I think about from time to time.
But that doesn’t answer the question about how I write my fiction now does it. Doesn’t provide much insight so I suppose I ought to address it.
The answer is it depends.
Sometimes something or someone sets me off and I start thinking about those moments and sometimes they include a scar.
Since I am not the kind of guy who is always willing to leave well enough alone I pick at those scars and then I remember.
Memory sets off a click, a whirl and a switch and I am on Mr. Toad’s wild ride, driving the car with my knees and one eye blindfolded.
I never know where those stories are going to go until I see the words on the paper/screen.The strength of a writer lies in remembering those scars.Click To Tweet
The Difference Between Me & You
“Jack, what is the difference between me and you?”
“You try to limit your writing to doing so when you have something to say. You focus on never producing content that might not be well received and I don’t.”
That was my response years ago and it still is today or at least when it comes to blogging. I don’t report to a supervisor or editor.
There is no authority looking down upon my writing so I just write as I wish.
There are different approaches likeÂ Cheaper Than A $5 Whore With Less Risk of Infection orÂ Twenty-Five Links That Will Make You A Better Writer/BloggerÂ too.
For me it is always about the writing and stoking the fire that the muse lives in. I don’t worry about whether these posts will be loved or hated because it is unusual energy suck.
I just follow my passion and do my best to try to do this well. It is the same lesson I teach my children, half the battle is showing up and then doing more than just being a part of the background.