Discovering the Relevance of Words
There are 2,447 of you who will get this post as soon as I publish it. It will go to your email box, your cell phone, your tablet, or whatever else you might use to check up on the world, and you’ll look at the title, and more than 80% of you will answer with either: “Yup,” or “I’m not a writer,” or by hitting the delete button. The other 20% of you will probably smile, and then get right back to writing the next great American novel.
I have spent my entire life writing in spurts. Nice little clips and phrases and scribblings of life events or storylines or dreams or things that have been lingering inside my brain. Unfortunately, I don’t do anything with these pieces. I’ve written story after story, and essay after essay, but I don’t send them out for publication, and the few that have gotten close, I lacked the guts to do the necessary, and asked for, re-writes. I am a lazy writer. I am a frustrated, self-deprecating, lazy, writer. But at times, I write some really good stuff. I promise. You’ve just never seen it. It won’t be published in Big Deal Quarterly, and it won’t be in a bookstore near you. It will sit on my hard drives, or cell phone, or in hard copy on my bookcase. It will stay there until a friend stumbles upon it, asks to read it, tells me it’s good or bad or needs work, and then puts it right back where it sat.
So, here is my challenge to you, and to me. I am going to challenge myself that every weekday until January 1st 2014, I will post a piece of work on this website beyond simply a Daily Prompt or QOTD. Your part in all this is simple: comment on the pieces, tell me your honest thoughts, and remind me to not be a lazy writer. If this works, then we will both succeed, and I’ll probably continue on into the new year. If it doesn’t, won’t that just make me more of a lazy writer, or you a lazy reader?
So, comment on here…. are you up for the challenge? Maybe we can convince Doran and JG Allan to do the same! Are you boys up for it?
For right now, I’m going to stare at my computer screen and wait for your comments.