06122013 1921 594 words
I find myself bumbling through this blog post. As you read this, I am writing it, not unlike every other post. Tonight, is slightly different in that I am experimenting with writing in that I am utilizing Microsoft Word as a writing platform instead of simply going to my WordPress blog site.
Why the change? Recently, I have had my nose in about 10-12 books, one of which is “Start,” by Jon Acuff. In that book, he writes about his own process of becoming a writer. He wrote about the times that it was difficult for him to gain the motivation for writing. This has always been a challenge for any writer – at least that is what I am aspiring to be…so I can only imagine…but I digress.
His suggestion (or at least my understanding of his suggestion) was to limit writing to 200 or 500 word blog posts. Whether or not this was actually something that I could take from his writing remains to be seen…but for whatever reason, it seemed like a good thing to implement into my own writing routine – if, for no other reason than to mix it up a little bit. Besides, I would like to turn this blog into a website of sorts and potentially a small business. Why not? Anything is possible…
After re-reading the above paragraph, I laughed at the absurdity of it and grabbed my kindle to “fact-check” myself to verify that what I was referencing was accurate. Shortly after turning my kindle on, I set it down and said, “To hell with this.” If you are so damn interested in the exact quote or book reference, grab the book and read it yourself. It’s a good read and I’d suggest doing so regardless.
With that said, I grabbed a quick image off the interwebs to make this trash more visually appealing. Did it work? Very well, I’ll keep this in mind for the next post I waste time on. Like many other aspects of my life, my writing has fallen into patterns. I have a tendency to get comfortable in a certain aspect of my life and almost get complacent. I often take it for granted. If often comes back to haunt me.
Luckily, I like to think that I am learning…but much like I frequently reflect back 5 or 10 years and laugh at the error of my ways – I undoubtedly will find myself doing the same again about today as I look back and reflect in another 5 or 10 years from now. Be that as it may, in an effort to keep walking the path of learning, I continue reading. Jon Acuff was an author that I found out about via Dave Ramsey.
Dave Ramsey is an financial talk show host and author. I have been a fan of Dave Ramsey for years. His promotion of Jon Acuff is well deserved. I am enjoying his book “Start” and look forward to reading some of his other works, namely “Quitter.” Speaking of quitter, I find myself glancing over towards the pomodoro timer – as I feel like I’m running out of things to write about. I want to quit writing tonight.
It’s worth noting that I want to be a writer (among other things) and therefore decided that tonight (like many other nights), I would be one. It was time to START being a writer. With the pomodoro timer up and my conclusions on tonights blog post drawn it is time to bid you goodnight and sweet dreams.