Sunday, September 05, 2010

Whiny Baby

I know I shouldn't do it, but I sometimes compare my writing to the writing of other people. At times I find myself envying the skill and craft of others, though I know what I'm trying to do is not a competition.  
There will always be people better and people with less skill, no matter how good I become. I've had a lot of psychology classes and I know the ego-devil is at the root of these thoughts a feelings. 
I know what my lovely spouse Jilda  will say when she reads this post. "Shut up you big whiny baby and just write!!!"
But if I can linger for a moment longer, one of the things that seems so appealing with the other blogs I read is the focus factor. Some of these folks have a particular subject of interest which seems to give them an almost unlimited stream of ideas to blog about. 
A really good one that Jilda stumbled across and turned me on to is
Other's write about sports, fishing, and other topics. 
But I write about common every day stuff that happens in my life.  I struggle to come up with fresh ideas. I guess I thought this was a disadvantage until I read a recent post by my friend Bob Miller. He talked about a letter that E.B. White had written to his brother about writing.
Just reading these words made me feel better:
"I discovered a long time ago that writing of the small things of the day, the trivial matters of the heart, the inconsequential but near things of this living, was the only kind of creative work which I could accomplish with any sincerity or grace."
So thanks, Jilda for keeping me on track, and thanks Bob, for your "just-in-time" post.
Y'all have a happy Labor Day. Tomorrow's entry will be my column that ran in today's Lifestyle section of the Eagle.


  1. It's the things people do each day that interest me most. Somehow I feel I get to know them that way.

  2. I think that sometimes I work at living my life so I will have something to write about! To me, writing is just an extension of myself. Whether I have anything exciting to write about or not, it is as though if I didn't do it I would cease to exist.

    I enjoy reading about daily life, and you always make it interesting. As for having a focus, I agree that some of those single-themed blogs are interesting to read, but most people's lives are NOT focused! I have many interests and facets to my personality, and that is what keeps things interesting, so why write about just one thing?


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