The past few weeks I have tried to put a bit more effort in my posts and get a substantial amount of meaningful words in. I have noticed that each post I thought was worth at least an amateur Pulitzer prize did not seem to get received as well as I thought they would. Others, of which I felt were mediocre, got loads of replies. This tells me one thing; A person is his own worst critic. Don’t write for others, write for yourself and the others will appreciate your deliverance of unique content. If not they shouldn’t be reading your blog.
One of the reasons I am trying to spend more time in writing and editing, is because I want to improve my use of the English language. If you’ve read my “about” page you can see I am not a native English speaker and this is something that can be extremely frustrating at times. I can read a sentence a thousand times, not happy with the way it sounds, but not come up with a better alternative. One of the things I have just started to use is a little pocket Thesaurus and for me this has unlocked numerous possibilities of saying things. Highly recommendable even for you native speakers. Practice makes perfect. Now if only I was patient enough to learn touch typing!
I have always loved reading. Since the age of two I have always been digging around in bookshelves to “read” the most fascinating adventures and amazing journeys. Somehow I lost touch with reading in the mid-80s because we had so much stuff on TV that you just couldn’t miss. The A-Team, Knight Rider and Airwolf, just to name a few of my old heroes. There was a time I could not imagine being without a TV ever. This turned out not to be a complete waste of time since I’ve learned most of my English from those days. Now I own the most expensive TV set I’ve ever had and it only gets used for the occasional DVD or video game. The TV has served it’s purpose for me years ago.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that most of us have acquired useful talents over the years without ever taking the time to notice them. Rediscover and use them. If you feel like you have no inspiration for that new post and you haven’t written a thing in days, here’s what I do when I’m out of thoughts and ideas.
Before I started typing all this up, I was staring at my screen and doing a bit of thoughtless surfing. Then I grabbed my earphones and tuned in to one of my favorite radio stations on iTunes, SoloPianoRadio and started tapping away. This post has been edited about 25 times but it’s here now. As uninspired and empty as I was, I’ve managed to get another amateur Pulitzer post online! (hehe)
Sit down and take your time, you can force yourself to write and once you start there’s no going back. Don’t mind all the rubbish you managed to jot down in the first few five or even ten lines, the “delete” button is your best friend..