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Some more thoughts on writing…

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I promise—I’ll get this down and then I’ll try to start writing something more substantial.  The writing has come very hard for me this last week.  I cringe at my metaphors and there are times when my prose is…well, let’s just say that “ghastly” sounds pretty good right now. 

 

This happens every so often, and usually, two or three things will help me break through to the other side of this mish-mashed, inarticulate phase.  The first is writing about it, which you’re enduring right now.  The second is reading other good books.  I found that I was producing some decent prose during the time I was reading The Killer Angels, for instance.  I just finished Lord of the Flies which, aside from utilizing a different narrative technique than I’m used to, was a great read. 

 

The third resides in little silver and blue cans imprinted with the word “Red Bull” in shimmering red letters.  I don’t know if it was the caffeine, the ginseng or both, but I had a can Tuesday morning and—wow, man—I hadn’t felt that lucid in a week.  I actually produced close to 1,000 words of decent prose in one sitting that day.  And that’s rare for me. 

 

So, back to the writing and back to the reading.  Hope to return soon with something more interesting to write about.  

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Written by taj

June 17, 2006 at 11:00 pm

Posted in Writing

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