Random Thoughts: Why I Started Blogging

By , @Writing2Day

Ok, so I’ve been asking myself why I started blogging?  The short answer, to make a commitment to myself to write something every day.  When I was in highschool I had a dream to become a novelist.  I’ve always loved to read and writing just seemed to follow.  I’m the type of person who tells myself a story every night while lying in bed waiting for sleep to come.

Some nights I don’t get very far in the story.  And, I might think of that same story for weeks or even months.  The point is, there have always been stories floating around in my brain.  In my early twenties, I plugged along on my first novel quite diligently.  Talk about feeling like you’re from the stone age.  I started that novel on a typewriter style word processor and saved it to floppy disks.  I thought I was in heaven with that word processor!  I made it through nine chapters (actually finished that 9th chapter the night before my daughter was born).  Therein lies the problem.  My daughter is now twenty years old and those nine chapters have sat all this time.

Maybe it’s a midlife crisis but somehow those chapters started calling my name again.  I live in a very small town in the middle of a bunch of cornfields and I’ve been trying to think of some new career direction to take.  There aren’t many job opportunities here and the skills I have as an ecommerce store owner and web designer are not highly in demand in rural America.  As I was surfing the web looking for opportunities, my dusty, old novel popped into my head and I started thinking about it.  Then, as fate would have it, another aspiring writer came into the variety store where I work.  We struck up a conversation about our writing and she emailed me some free programs for writers.  That was all it took to light the fire under smoldering twigs in my brain.

So now I am busy retyping my novel so that I can get back into the story better.  I am hoping this blog will help me keep that commitment to writing every day, no matter how long or short.  And, get me used to expressing my thoughts in words again.  I think we can definitely fall out of practice but that need and talent for self expression through the written word never leaves us.  I am glad that the dream has never left me, either.

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