The May topic on my newsletter, FineTuned, focused on starting a blog. There I advised writers to begin a blog only if they are serious about continuing it. It takes a lot of content, and some effort to keep it going. And it’s best to have topics broad enough to address week after week and month after month. Such as this Inscribe professional blog on writing. There are so many aspects to writing that it would take a long time before you run out of subject material.
If you are like most writers, you keep a daily journal, not only for the ordinary events of life, but for the more interesting experiences—the stuff of anecdotes—as well as descriptions of people, locations, and ideas for story plots and twists. Those of us who started writing decades ago probably have shelves of handwritten journals, diaries and notebooks. I accumulated three decades of those daily journals before I switched to using a notebook computer.
Nearly all my journals are hardcover lined notebooks with unlimited space for observations. They include all of the twenty-four years I lived and worked in Brazil as a pioneer missionary, linguist, educator and Bible translator. Obviously those thousands of pages are a writer’s goldmine.
Little Men by Louisa May Alcott has always been one of my favourite books. It’s a story full of compassion, grace, hope and transformed lives. However, the author is more known for her book, Little Women.
Publisher Thomas Niles suggested Alcott write a book about girls. He thought that would have widespread appeal. At first, Alcott wasn’t interested, but she wrote in her journal, “Niles, asked me to write a girl’s book. I said I’d try.”
I have always felt a little uncomfortable about calling myself a writer, partly because I don’t write full-time, but more because I felt the title constricted me. Calling myself a writer was a betrayal to my deeper calling.
I am so much more than a writer. And so are you.
I write, but I am not defined by my writing. I don’t serve writing. Rather, my writing serves me.
Blind and deaf, Helen Keller developed a very refined sense of touch, even able to know that a person was approaching as she felt vibrations on the floor. She learned to “see” people and discern their character through touching different parts of the face.
Helen learned to understand speech through feeling the vibrations on a person’s neck, lips, nose and cheek. She gradually used this technique to learn to speak.