Let’s begin with the obvious: writing–what it means, why we do it, and the process involved–is different for everyone. For some, it involves spilling every word that comes to mind onto the page, writing until the well is dry, and finding the true story through revision. For others, it comes in bursts, sprawled in chicken-scratch on the back of grocery receipts.
For myself, it involved dawdling amidst distractions, eventually culminating in this preliminary blog post. A post that hopefully marks the beginning–or perhaps a milestone, if we agree that the beginning was long ago–on a path of writing. A post that, in a misguided attempt at irony, shares a title with the memoir of someone many miles further down their own path.
Partly out of need for a portfolio, partly to feed my own ego, the path has lead here. As I work to carve my own name into the libraries I grew up in, writing, rewriting, dawdling, and dwindling, I hope for this to serve as a platform where I can share, learn, and grow.
Regarding learning, of all the valuable lessons and insights provided by Ray Bradbury in his 2001 lecture at Point Loma Nazarene University, there is one central concept he shared that is ubiquitous among successful writers: keep writing. This is repeated ad nauseum in writing workshops, on writing forums, and in writer’s memoirs. And for good reason: apparently, it works.
However, Bradbury offered a unique approach to this adage, and it is his perspective specifically that serves as the catalyst for my own website:
“If you write one short story a week, it doesn’t matter what the quality is to start, but at least you’re practicing. And at the end of the year, you have fifty-two short stories, and I defy you to write fifty-two bad ones.”
Unfortunately, I know myself well enough to realize that completing a story a week is highly unlikely. But I also recognize the merit in trying. In the time to come, I will continue writing, experimenting with all prose that falls between micro fiction and epic novel (although I suspect the latter is a long way off). Hopefully some of these weekly stories will inform, enlighten, or entertain; hopefully some find home in other publications.
If all goes well, I’ll write a thing or two worth reading. If not, I’m no worse off than before.
Here’s to beginnings, to ends, and to the messy bits in between.