By Joanie Buettgen
Family and friends find a writers’ life interesting. We hear the phrases, “Oh, I admire your writing. It must be easy for you.”
But, do these nice people realize, it’s complicated.
At times we feel like we’re in some sort of play that hasn’t started yet. Our audience sits in their seats anxiously waiting for scene one. The problem is the prospect is in limbo land. Our head hurts when our mind slips into remission. This feeling of doom and gloom is a result of hitting an invisible writing wall.
The computer screen is blank and blinking and has fallen asleep waiting for us to pound out the keys. Some days, inspiration hits like a ton of bricks. We complete our task just ahead of the deadline. At other moments our writing seems to have taken a back seat snooze. After our slumber, a quick inspiration has appeared and we must grab a pad and pencil, to capture the moment.
A constant problem is procrastination. We feel it, know it, and need it. You see, for some of us, it needs to stew in our minds. Then, when the recipe hits the boiling point, we rush to our keyboard to fire out the piece.
Many days we gather online, with our cohort friends who ask, “What are you writing?”
We feel squeamish at first, “Well, I’ve been thinking about a touching story on a dog.”
Then that popping noise blasts into our minds. Rushing to our computer we type up a rough draft.
If we are away from our terminal, we grab a napkin, a business card or maybe make a mental note to rush home and start to tap on our keyboard for hours. After two or three pages of text is written, saved, and savored, we put it to rest for the day. After a twenty-four hour cooling off period, we then edit and eventually send it off.
So, with this blog I want to say a gracious, “Thank you” to my dear friends. They are the ones who kicked me in the butt and told me politely to get going, never give up, and write, write and write some more.
Here’s a long distance toast to our writing passion, may it never die.
Published: Minnesota Moments Magazine, Thankful-Home.tv Web site, County Historical Society, Kansas City BBQ Society, Carver County News, National Barn Alliance, and Ridgeview Medical Center newsletter. Memberships: National Society of Newspaper Columnists, Toastmaster’s, Minnesota Newspaper Association, Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop attendee. Social Networking: Blog:https://joanie19.wordpress.com, http://twitter.com/joaniebuettgen, http://www.linkedin/com/in/joaniebuettgen.