This post on Freeman’s Front Porch Musings, which if I’m not mistaken pushed me to #2,000. I will celebrate my blog’s fifth anniversary in June. It’s been a wild ride, a fantastic experience, and I am fortunate to have a magnificent group of people who support my efforts.
I thank you for joining me, for every like, every visit, and the occasional comments. When, I first started out, I had no idea where to even begin. Five years later, I still have no idea where to begin, but I have learned many lessons along the way.
I have learned that it’s more important to write on bad days than it is on good days. Because no one must motivate you to write on good days. Some of my best writings came on the wings of crappy days, like a drunk stork delivering the wrong baby, good story ideas seem to come from the blackest days.
Another valuable lesson I learned is that you can do it all on your own, but where is the fun in that? I am blessed to have good friends who are fiction writers, one poet, and a ton of ‘dabblers.’ Then, I am doubly blessed, like a twice-baptized infant, to have friends who read my writings and offer their honest opinion on it.
Its hard work being a writer, to dream while awake, to have all these characters running around all willy-nilly in your imagination, and to sit down and chronicle their adventures. I enjoy it. After several years of trying to write A Walk in Darkness, I finally wrote it. And my final point came to me as I penned the ending of that story.
“Somethings require you to heal before you can write it.”
If you’re having trouble writing a personal accounting, it could be that you haven’t healed enough. Take time to pause, and don’t let life pass you by. Writing is proof there is magic in the world, but the living needs you sometimes too. Some of the best stories I ever heard came from the front porch of my grandparent’s home, or from certain kinfolk who struck me as larger-than-life, and adventures I had as a young boy.
The point I’m trying to make is this: Go on adventures, have a blast, and then come back and tell us all about it. To me, that’s the essence of a good story. Live it, come back and write it down, add some color, and share it with those who support you.
I can’t wait to post this and then start working on my next series of 500…or would that be #2001…
I’ll talk to you soon,