Writing is an exercise that should be practiced every day, and no written material writes itself. These are the primary reasons for this introductory blog post, in my new daily effort to develop the writing habit. What comes through my fingers into print will hopefully be productive, informative, and entertaining, to myself if not to others.
Eventually, some may even grow to enjoy reading what I write, perhaps even looking forward to hearing or relating to what I have to say, digesting news I have to share. At best, this habit would become productive in some way, leading to opportunities to share my information with others, possibly earning a return on my investment in terms of recognition, credibility, monetary gain.
None of those are good reasons to start writing, but they are the reasons I come tonight, October 7, 2016, to begin the process of honing my skills, documenting my thoughts, formulating ideas that may just have a positive impact on my life and the lives of others.
Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft is a great resource for the aspiring writer. It’s probably time to read it again, if I can also develop the level of reading habit that he and his wife Tabitha achieved – 70 to 80 books a year, if I remember correctly (the average American read 5 in 2013, according to Pew Research). In speaking about the practice of writing, King writes “you can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.”
Wish me luck in my efforts, that I may find a voice that deserves to be heard, a style that is more than self-indulgent babbling, and a soul that is soothed by the process of writing and what it can do for my once dead, but hopeful spirit, resurrected.