Writing and me

I am a technical writer by profession. I have been doing it for nearly 20 years. This means I write technical documents for people; you know those manuals you get with your software programs that you never read. In my case, I write for a very technical audience, so I am a technical person talking to a technical person. This means that I am not use to writing for the average person. So, why do I bring this up? Well, I might not be able to write for the average person very well (yet), but you think I would be able to easily come up with ideas on what to write and then just spit it out as fast as I can type, right? Well, it isn’t true.

I think all of us, including writers, get writer’s block. This is often the hardest part about writing – getting the idea and knowing how to present it? Expressing thoughts in words is not always easy but it improves with practice. So, I guess this means that I might have an advantage over a person that does not write very often. Well, today, I am having difficulty. I have hit the blogger’s wall. So, this week I am using my wildcard, my ace up my sleeves, my get out of jail free card; I am going to write about my inability to know what to write.

Maybe one thing of substance I do want to say this week is that even though I have most all my experience in technical writing, I have wanted for a long time to explore non-technical writing. Now, I am not going so far as to say I want to write fiction (this would be a huge stretch for me at this point), but I can work on non-technical nonfiction writing. This is what I am hoping to accomplish, or start, with this blog. I need to work through twenty years of ingrained technical writing habits, but how will I ever improve if I don’t start somewhere. So, I could apologize to you the reader for my lack of writing skills, but that would be wrong. My writing, along with anything else I do in working on this blog, is part of my quest to find and know myself. As part of this journey, I hope to improve my ability to document my journey.

Quotes:

  • “The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.”  ~Anaïs Nin
  • “And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise.  The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”  ~Sylvia Plath
  • “I would hurl words into this darkness and wait for an echo, and if an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight, to create a sense of hunger for life that gnaws in us all.”  ~Richard Wright, American Hunger, 1977
  • “What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers.”  ~Logan Pearsall Smith, “All Trivia,” Afterthoughts, 1931

Wow, I thought I was done and was just adding a few quotes to help complete the subject, but I stumbled on a gem. The quote says it all for so many of us bloggers:

  • “The act of putting pen to paper encourages pause for thought, this in turn makes us think more deeply about life, which helps us regain our equilibrium.”  ~Norbet Platt

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