“I will prepare, and someday my chance will come.”
― Abraham Lincoln
One year ago, I decided to start a blog. I wanted to challenge myself to learn a new skill. I’m happy to report I have a few published stories under my belt.
What have I learned along the way about writing?
Well, writing is challenging but satisfying.
What have I realized?
Like any new skill, you attempt, it will require diligent, consistent effort on one’s part. The whole reasoning for my new-found passion is an attempt to resurrect an old interest of mine from long ago. We all know life takes many detours, so most personal interests take a back seat to all of your front and center priorities. My biggest motivator and key component for writing were the passing of my father. I wanted to make sure a handful or more of my life events were recorded and shared with my family members. I honestly feel if an event is written on paper it will be preserved forever. Now, with the age of the internet, you could say it lives on forever.
Along the way of my journey. I have met some fascinating individuals. Like-minded people if you will, trying to accomplish the same goal as I am. We all share the unexplained need to pen our thoughts on paper. I find meaningful satisfaction when others struggle with putting words together, yet are overly gratified of the finished product. I share this attribute with my fellow writers.
At times, I would sit and stare at an empty sheet of paper not able to think of anything significant to write down. Most times, I must rely on all my little scraps of notes on paper, email, or electronic device to piece my scattered puzzle together. I think for most who write suffer from the same hindrance as me. However, all the pieces and parts magically come together to create a complete story.
What writing has done for me is; it improved my thinking, communication, verbal skills, and vocabulary. My goal is to continue the challenge to see how far I could take it. I find writing helps keep me alert, focused, sharper in thoughts, and very therapeutic.
While continuing my self-education on becoming a better writer, I still have a difficult time trying to figure out or identify the how and why of my dominate voice. I tend to reach out to trusted friends to give me an honest answer. I’m told, I am a story-teller. For the time being, I guess I will run with that explanation.
Memoirs, up till now, have been my specialty. So for now, I will focus my energy on my personal stories, but eventually, I would like to make them up in the form of fiction writing.
Another hopeful goal of mine is to write on observational details of life I encounter daily. I want to identify either the humor or seriousness of the situation and write an honest account about what I learned from that situation.
Thank you for reading my post. I appreciate you and your valuable time.
Sincerely, OT John
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