WHY I BLOG, BUT YOU PLAY GOLF

A friend asked me why I blog. I asked her why she plays golf.

We do what we do because we love it, need to do it, or both. Writing is like breathing. If I don’t write, I suffocate. My friend needs to compete, to be active. To play golf or she will suffocate.

I started writing as soon as I learned to read, which was about 45 minutes after someone handed me a book. It was as if a switch had been thrown in some circuit in my brain. Words felt right. Putting words on paper was exactly the same as speaking, but took longer. I didn’t mind the extra time because I could go back and fix written words. Being able to change my words and keep changing them until they said exactly what I wanted them to say was the grail at the end of the line.

old favorite books

I was awkward socially and my verbal skills were not suited to my age and stage in life. I was not talented at sports. No one wanted me on her team. But I could write, I could read. It gave me wings.

If you are going to be a writer, you know it. Practice will make you a better writer, can help you understand how to build a plot  and produce books that publishers will buy, but writing itself is a gift. If you have it, you know it. I want to also point out that while fiction writing seems to be the thing we all want to do, there are many ways to be a writer. If fiction isn’t your forte, maybe information, news, or commentary will turn out to be your special gift. Some of us are not fiction writers, but nonetheless, we are writers.

Yes, it’s a selfie

Writers have words in their head waiting to be turned into text. We have heads full of words, sentences, pronouns, adjectives, and dependent clauses. Writing talent comes in an endless variety of flavors. The gift is freely given, but you have to work at it. Use your gifts well. My advice to all hopeful writers is and was — WRITE.

Don’t talk your story to an early demise. Write, even if most of your initial work is not very good, if you have a gift, eventually you’ll find your way. The important thing is writing. Every day if you can. The harder you try, the more likely you are to find a path that works for you. Maybe you will discover you don’t have what it takes to write a book. Maybe short stories or news writing is your thing.

Maybe you should be doing some other kind of art — photography, painting, design or carpentry, sound design, music, or whatever. When you find the right thing, you’ll know it. There’s a giant world of art and beauty in our world. There is a place for you.

You will never know how good you might have been unless you try.



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15 replies

  1. So very well put, every word in it.

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  2. I have golfer friends who ask me the same question. I know they mean well. The chances of being even a moderately successful writer are so low that I might as well be a lousy golfer! At least I’d get some fresh air!

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  3. INSPIRING POST. I USED TO WRITE ALL THE TIME BECAUSE I NEEDED TO PLAY WITH THOSE WORDS. FOR A WHILE I WROTE A COLUMN FOR A NEWSPAPER, JUST MY OWN THOUGHTS ABOUT THINGS. NOW, I OCCASIONALLY WRITE A BLOG, BUT NOT AS OFTEN AS I USED TO. THE URGE COMES AND GOES.

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    • I think my passion for blogging has diminished, though my interest in writing hasn’t changed. It’s just that many things I wanted to say, I have said — and I don’t see the point it repeating myself. That is what archives are for 😀

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  4. i so agree with all of this, and you actually are a really good writer

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  5. Wonderful words Marilyn, I wish I had the time to write what’s in my head. Actually I could find the time it’s having an empty room that’s the problem!

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  6. You are a great writer, Marilyn! I really enjoy reading your words! ❤

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    • Thanks! I alway wished I had the talent to write a story and track character development. I never had whatever it takes for fiction writing. I think we who write really want to write a great novel. Otherwise though, I can write almost anything that isn’t fiction. I got about half a century of practice before becoming obsolete.

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  7. The writer captioned T-shirt looks so cool and you are a gorgeous writer and photographer. Truly inspiring. Come what one should never stop writing. I didn’t t blog for few months for some reason so I know how it feels to lag behind.

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    • I saw that online somewhere and I loved it. It was a birthday present in (I think) 2015 or thereabout. I used to wear sweatshirts a lot, but lately I’ve gone back to sweaters. I’ll have to go dig that shirt out. I think it’s in the unlit part of my closet.

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