Easy steps to successful journal entries…(as written 1/3/07 and 1/4/07)
Step one: Locate paper on which to write. Preferably lined.
check. one, oddly shaped, slightly unwieldy, spiral bound journal. barely used. purchased on trip to Seattle in 1999
Step two: Select implement with which to write. Black pen preferred, blue pen acceptable. Ball point a must.
check. one Bic, Softfeel, fine point blue ballpoint pen. (black pens seem to be lacking in our supply cabinet)
Step three: Select subject, theme or fascinating topic.
um…and this would be about where I’m getting stuck lately. too many topics, too many subjects, but never the energy to expand upon any one of them. I’m never near enough to something to write on/type on when inspiration strikes. I’ve pondered acquiring one of those recording devices. the smallish ones that are voice activated and use flash memory, not a big clunky tape recorder. Something I could throw in my car for those long evening commutes…it seems to me that’s when all of the thoughts organize themselves. the words come together. the ideas gel. talking to a recorder would make me look no less loony than those who sing along with the radio while driving (guilty), or use a hands free device to make phone calls (guilty again), or occasionally rationalize things out loud (yup, third time’s the charm…guilty).
I am experimenting with keeping a journal of sorts here at the office so that I can write prior to blogging. My typing skills are quite strong, but my ability to write quickly, in a strange shorthand sometimes, mostly illegibly when the thoughts come flying fast and furious, better suits my needs right now. I used to journal a lot before I started writing online 5 1/2 years ago. some of the thoughts would turn into poems, fleshed out in the margins, edited countless times and rewritten neatly later on. sometimes the crazy run-on sentences just stood by themselves. writing has always come naturally to me. I suppose it’s about time I commit to doing it more regularly. pen to paper. one page at a time.
in closing, and summation…
It’s National Delurking Week. I actually know almost everyone who reads my blog. I don’t get comments too often but that’s not what I’m about…but who doesn’t like a good comment now and then. So in honor of this week, step out of the cyber shadows and drop me a line. . .the subject is writing. tell me why you do it.