Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Paucity of Posts

It is not that I have not been writing.  It is simply that the words have been stringing themselves into lines of drivel.

Pen in hand, I reread the opening paragraphs of the story I imagined I was writing.  Now, in order to receive the go-ahead to post, a piece has only to pass a very simple test: the author must find it interesting.  The pages I am examining fail to meet that criterion.

First, it becomes clear as I peruse that which I have written that it is rooted in cynicism.  That is a personality quirk I am trying to eradicate, and failing that, at the least to polish it a bit so that it is less abrasive.  Second, no "second" is required.  No post.

Footnote:  In the event that you imagined I did my writing at the keyboard, you would be partially right.  Sometimes the words flow right out my fingertips and jump onto the keyboard.  However, there are times when I have to concentrate all my brainpower and squeeze the words through the point of a pen.  Recently, neither technique has been effective.

10 comments:

KC Bob said...

"the author must find it interesting"

I can resonate to both that and battling cynicism. These days I call myself a proactive optimist. :)

Grace said...

See what a self-centered git I am - I think everything I want to talk about is interesting. I don't post it because I'm pretty darn sure other people won't - find it interesting. I've changed from being a cynic to being a curmudgeon - it sounds better.

vanilla said...

KC Bob, proactive optimism, eh? Perhaps I should give that a try!

Grace, seems I've lots of options for the new me: proactive optimist, curmudgeon. Oh, dear! What shall I be?

Lin said...

Does it have to be interesting? Well, I guess if it is a story. But to me, a blog post is first for me to get the words out of my head....then, IF I am lucky, someone else might find it readable or maybe even likeable.

Is the difference also in how it gets here? Pen = story. computer = blogpost.

Either way, I always enjoy what you post. Story or blog post. :)

Sharkbytes said...

I hear you. Sometimes I write things and think "what a total bore!" PS We will be in Kokomo on 11/28. Will wave at you!

vanilla said...

Lin, I use writing to banish words from my head, too; but those words often do not get posted. As for the pen vs. keyboard: have used both for either. And thank you for your gracious words.

Sharkey, fifteen miles. Safe travels to Hoosierland.

Vee said...

That you didn't find your writing interesting today probably says more about your state of mind than about the writing.

You're welcome - I think Lucy charges 5¢. Seems like a fair price.

vanilla said...

Vee, please put the nickel on my tab; I'm sure I will need follow-up sessions.

Secondary Roads said...

I think we've all been there. Think of the old guy who said his favorite Scripture portion was, "It came to pass."

vanilla said...

Chuck, yes, and experience has taught me that it does pass. Long train, though, sometimes.