Just Jot it January: January 10

Today’s prompt is one liner Wednesday, but since this is my 500 word challenge, it will be more than one line today!  (https://lindaghill.com/2018/01/10/one-liner-wednesday-jusjojan-daily-prompt-january-10th-2018/)  These Jots are not only my 500-words a day challenge, but also part of my  Ultimate Blogging Challenge challenge (http://ultimateblogchallenge.com).

So, for the 500 word challenge today, I have been asked to write about writing.  What do I love, what do I hate, what am I struggling with.  Ok then!

What do I love about writing?  Interesting question.  I don’t know how to put it.  I really like putting my random thoughts down “on paper”, so to speak.  I’m not usually at a loss for words.  Well, some days are harder than others to get started, but once I start, it’s often hard to stop me.  Not that I think I am coherent or interested all, or most, of the time.  I mostly write rambling thoughts that come to me on whatever theme is placed before me.  Of course, I haven’t done a lot of free writing in the past.  That’s what this challenge is about.  To get me into a regular habit of writing something, anything, to start to figure out what it is I actually want to write about.  Free writing.  Kind of nice in some ways, freeing so to speak, but at the same time a little daunting as I am putting it all out there on my blog.  Of course, that’s my accountability piece.  It’s one thing to work on your writing on your own, and another thing to present it to the world. Of course, you can stop reading any time you like!  I, on the other hand, will just keep writing until I reach 500 words.

Now, that didn’t really answer the question of what I love about writing, so now let’s see if I can not answer the next question: what do I hate about writing?  Now, I don’t know that I really hate anything about writing.  I mean, “hate” is a pretty strong word.  I get frustrated sometimes when I can’t seem to decide what to write about – but if I just start, I can usually get something going.  Let’s see.  What is there to hate about writing?  I suppose if I was trying to sell my writing and wasn’t able to, that might be something to hate.  Like being a musician, being a writer has to be hard to make a living at.  You really need to love what you do, be persistent, and tenacious.  Can’t be easy.  I am sure some people have a love-hate relationship with their writing.  Maybe that’s part of the passion.  If I can’t say I really love or hate writing, does that mean I can never be a writer?  It’s like when I wrote about passion.  Who is to say what passion looks like?  Does it have to be love or hate?  I don’t know.  I already wrote about that, so I won’t start again now.

Now, for the final question: What am I struggling with.  Well, I’m not really struggling right now, but I think my biggest struggle with writing is just sitting down and doing it.  Which is why I am going through this challenge.  Another thing I struggle with is choosing the right words.  Which is why I need to take some actual classes to help me think about what I am writing so I can convey mood, atmosphere, movement – all of those good things that make you want to keep reading books.  Someday soon, I will be ready to come out of the shadow of my blog and share my writing with people sitting right in front of me!  Feels like it will be a steep climb, but I am sure I can do it!

Posted on January 10, 2018, in Writing and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. You ARE doing it! Kudos to you. Keep on–this is fun to read.

  2. I love the idea of being free to write about a variety of things so that you can discover what you like writing about most. And I don’t think I hate anything about writing, either, but the writing process can certainly be challenging. It bothers me when I can’t seem to get myself started.

  3. This reminds me of a process that is intended to release creative thinking, or whatever else creativity is when it leaks out of us. The process is simply called “Morning Pages” Unlike your blog, out there for all to see, “Morning Pages” is for your eyes only. They can be burned when done if it makes you feel better. The concept is to start writing each morning, as soon as you wake up, before coffee, before washing, before . . . Sometimes there is something more pressing. The hardest part for many is just starting, even just a word or two is considered a victory. Some useful guides are recording waking dreams, or todo lists, or successes from the day before. I call these “TADA” lists. Once started, you are free to write as much as you want or can.
    Congratulations on getting this far in the challenge. Best wishes for you to complete your challenge.
    Blog on!

    • I’ve done morning pages, although I can’t write longhand – it’s too uncomfortable. I like the TADA lists idea. You are right – it’s about just getting started!

  4. You’re still doing it. I think it is love-hate, but for me, it’s more love 🙂

  5. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single … word. 😀 You got this!

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