A to Z Challenge 2013

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

I've Figured Out The Problem

If you haven't noticed, I've been having a problem. I sit down to write a post, and...nothing. It finally dawned on me what the heck is wrong with me.

When I first began this blog, it was for a purpose. I wanted to have a place to explore writing, share with other writers, and learn what I could. I also wanted a place I could write whatever I wanted and share it with all of you. Up until recently, I'd been able to do this. But I started thinking about what I post and wondering if I should post my writings here.

Then I realized that by putting my stories here, they would in all likelihood not be publishable later. I then decided not to put excerpts up here, for fear that I'd stumble on great idea and not be able to develop it into something later. The problem is that this effectively shut down the main reason I am on here - to have fun.

By stifling myself and restricting what I post, I closed off that part of my creativity, and I've really been struggling to find the words for posts. For the last few days, this has been the only thing on my mind. I didn't even manage to put up a Ten Word Tuesday post, which I regret.

Anyway, after thinking it over at great length, I've decided to return to the roots of what this blog should be about - my writing. I am throwing caution to the wind, and from now on I will be posting whatever thoughts happen to crawl onto the page. If nothing else, I'm all about having fun. And the last few days have not been fun. So it's time to get back to what I enjoy, which is just writing for the sake of writing and not worrying about what becomes of it.

Alas, you will need to bear with me a bit longer however, because after today's post I will once again be unplugged until Tuesday. You see, I'm headed out on the road tomorrow to drive to Salt Lake City, UT, where I will be donning the ceremonial graduation attire and walking across the stage. Since my family (my wife, my kids, and even my parents) are making this trip with me, it'd probably be rude of me to ask them to be quiet so I can put up a post or two. You can expect however, that upon my return (assuming we don't get lost in the snowstorms or crash along the way), I'll post some pics from the trip.

Keep your fingers crossed for me that the weather doesn't get too bad. And starting next week, I'll get back to what this blog is really about - fun with writing.


Lost Wanderer said...

It's great that you worked out your reasons Eric. And putting exceprts or even ideas on the blog is not an issue - but regardless, I think it's good that you are willing to explore what motivates you. Looking forward to reading your posts.

Cole Gibsen said...

Great post, Eric! Glad you found your blog mojo.

Icy Roses said...

Congratulations on graduating! And of course, we will read whatever you write on your blog. :D

kanishk said...

Looking forward to reading your posts.

Work from home India

WindyA said...

Congrats on graduation! And welcom to the great SLC, my neck of the woods. Have a safe trip and look forward to your next post.

lotusgirl said...

Have fun at graduation! Good luck with the weather.

Travis Erwin said...

Blogging has been tough for me as well, but I'm kinda sorta getting back in a groove.

Michelle H. said...

Take your time, Eric! I'm just glad you are rediscovering your inner muse and making it work for you!