It’s about time I came back to the blogosphere. I reflected yesterday, early in the morning, that I had the opportunity over the next three months or so to work on my writing more.
Even that opening paragraph shows this. What does my work amount to? Have I stretched my writing muscles? Have I exercised my working vocabulary? Could I put a candle to any of the writers that I admire?
I am reasonably proud of some of the posts on this blog. Having said that, the ones I produced that have been more widely read were composed some time ago.
There is a certain sameness to news articles, to opinion pieces, to how-to and go-to pieces. One does not, after all, write until one has something to say.
Part of the justification, then, for deciding to come back to writing, is the conviction that I do after all have something to say. And that it is different to a lot of the things that I stumble across on my Google notifications, on Facebook from time to time, in books that happen to get recommended to me, or that come my way. For in the current global information swamp, I cannot hope to be chancing across the best that is written and thought at the moment. And I some time ago, I believe, stopped getting anxious about that, and decided that I would make do with what comes my way.
So here is my pennyworth for today. What I haven’t read anywhere else, but I feel I can express. No one out there is going to write something that I need more than me. It’s not about the art of eloquence, or original thought. What I need, specifically, is what has been worked through in my experience, applied to me, and then moved forward into tomorrow. What do I mean by that? We have to take our lives a day at a time. I don’t think I can cope with much more than that BUT there has to be space in our lives for more than JUST the routine. There has to be the tiny spaces where the unthinkable can happen, the surprising, the serendipitous. I live for those spaces. We share those spaces. We may not share the same work, the same worries, the same trials. But we all share the tiny spaces. More on these next time!