Teenage love

Recently, on Jodie Llewellyn's blog – http://jodiellewellyn.wordpress.com/2014/07/27/what-is-your-first-memory-of-writing/ she asked a question about first writing memories/experiences.

Here is what I remembered:

Aspirin!

In a high school English class, our teacher assigned us writing assignments. How I got ‘aspirin' for a topic I'll never know, but there it was. Understand I wasn't going to argue as she was beautiful and I had a very definite crush on her, as did other guys in her classes – sigh.

Come on, surely you had a more than favorite teacher in your grade or high
school! No?

Well, I'm certainly glad there was one in my life. Face it, each experience in your your life brings you exactly to where you are now.

Anyway I did the assignment and came up with 3/4 – don't remember exactly – page paper, double spaced and typed on a little, portable typewriter. Dating myself here but we didn't have personal computers in the early sixties.

As I recall my grade was pretty decent, B+ or A-, and I kept that paper for years as I was so proud of it. I'm guessing it may still be around in some dust covered hole with other of my life's collectibles – need to empty those boxes one day.

Unfortunately that was the extent of any real writing for me. I enjoyed seeing what I had accomplished but never took writing any further.

No I don't think the talent was there to pen ‘The Great American Novel' – whatever that often heard statement means, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_American_Novel. But certainly I should have done more and continued on that path.

I guess ‘Teenage Love' doesn't conquer after all.

What to write?

Inspiration is every where. It's all around you. In your daily life. In the news of the day.

Today I saw a news item about Legos. Why did that give me an idea? A long time ago, in a place far, far away – wait that's another story…

Okay, back to Legos. Why this story caught my eye is because it is travel related. Specifically to the coast of England – the Cornwall/Devon area.

Some time ago I acquired this travel related domain: http://www.traveltocornwalldevon.com/ Over time I've done little with it but want to start reviving it a bit.

The Lego story was about the Cornwall/Devon area and I did a quick little blurb and put it on the site.

So you see, inspiration can come at any time and from anywhere. Just keep that in mind and be open to it. You don't have to write a ten page term paper – start simple.

Write Something

People often ask me; “bur what do I write about?”. The answer is not complicated: write about life’s happenings. Your life’s stories..

While I certainly am not a writer in the classic sense, I do pen an article or two once-in-a-while. Here is an example I did sometime back, when I had my stroke – one of my life stories: http://ezinearticles.com/?Strokes-Are-An-Emergency&id=8618364

The other comment is often, “but I’m not a writer”. Well, I say “Actually You Are” – you just need to adjust how you think about writing

This article may be of help: http://ezinearticles.com/?Writing-Is-For-Everyone&id=7239249

I hope you see your way to begin putting your stories down.

Whether you chose to share them with others is not up to me. But remember, at some point you and I will be gone and what you write can help others in your world, or the world at large, understand why you lived life in the manner you did.

I hope you live(d) it well, with consideration, concern and love for others…

reprinted by permission

Writing is Honesty in Training

So what do we write about?

Ever dared to peek into a closet that hasn't been touched for oh-so-long, one into which we have just been eagerly tossing stuff for ages? That place where we  just know that even touching that door will cause a momentous explosive disaster as all sorts of life's remainders come tumbling out on top of us, overwhelming our world!

This is akin to looking into the deep, dark recesses of your thoughts, afraid of what you might find there. Introspection can be painful  and yet it can bring us a great sense of freedom as we face those demons we have been repressing for so long.

Yes, we all have many things in our ‘closets'… And please,make no mistake, this is not to say all in that closet need be of the skeletal variety. Most is just stuff we meant to get to later but never found the inclination or time to do so.

On the other hand, there are turns as we move down life's road, turns that we should not have taken but did, Opportunities  that we should have taken and did not, maybe due to our fear, however rational or irrational that fear, of the unknown.

There was this girl in high school, named Janice.. My last memory  is of Janice looking out the window at me, as the school bus drove away. It was my last day at that school so we never saw each other again.

And it is regretted to this day, for what might have been. She might have been The One and between us we might have conquered the word. After all these years I can not tell you what the fear was but this was a road never traveled.

So what should you write about? How about wording (no I didn't just invent a word) about what in life makes you angry/happy, or politics or sex or family or money or romance or just plain wonderment.  In other words, about life in this wonderful, beautiful but no less chaotic world of ours.

We aren't talking about penning the Great American Novel here – not just yet  anyway. Just start somewhere but START! A reminder here that your voice is, and always will be, unique because – You Are Unique.

Think of the wardrobe in the Narnia series of young adult films. Young adult be darned – as an old adult I enjoy them! What did they find upon opening the doors to their wardrobe? What magical thing might you find when you open your door.

So why not think of writing as a series of adventures – as we open our cluttered closet or mind – facing us and behold the wonders inside. Who knows what treasure, or trash, we may find there?

Four Reasons Why We Write

Writing is a tool we use to ‘give' a voice to our thoughts. Seeing words on paper, or a computer screen adds authenticity and clarification to our thoughts.

Here are four basic reasons whywe write:

1. To inform: here is how I feel about ____;
2. To teach, I can help you___;
3. To learn, how do I do____,
4. To record, what happened on ____;

Everything you write is a message whether to yourself or to the world. You are a unique, one of a kind being, thus, so is your message.

We may begin by just doing a simple diary, meant for no one's eyes but ours. We should remember though that these thoughts can be of great value to our families when we are long gone. They help others understand who we were and why we lived our lives the way we did.

You have to learn to be transparent and honest in writing, whether for a diary, an article, a poem, or… At first, you may find there are hesitations and fear in doing so. I mean what if someone reads this one day! You willfind that with a little practice we will overcome thesetraits.

I have a small diary on my computer, which I don't post in often enough. I have no problem if family and friends know what the thoughts in there say about my life. Hmmm, maybe I was a master spy, sent here to observe whether the human race is learning any lessons from its past!

I only wish this note taking had been begun earlier in my life but, sadly, it didn't.Find yourself a quiet place, sit, stand, lay down (whatever works for you) and “Start Now”!.

Starting back during my high school days, the desire to write has always been there even though that desire was never really ‘succumbed to'. I was once assigned to write something on aspirin, of all things. The teacher assigned subjects to everyone. I kept that paper for many years because it was something that made me feel an accomplishment like no other. I wish I still had it. I think my grade was a B or B+.

I am not a writer, in the classic sense, but I dowrite. A few of my thoughts have beenpublished here and there – see:expert author.

I'm never sure why I write what I do. Sure, it's fascinating to know thatwhen something is posted on a website, it's there for the entire world to see and might be out there for all time.

The other day, while watching a science fiction movie, ‘The Day The Earth Stood Still'. some thoughts came to mind that I still need to put into words. By the way, this is one of my favorite movies of all time.

Inspiration can come from anywhere, at any time or in any place. We justneed to be open to it.

There is always the hope that something you write will prove entertaining, helpful or important to someone but don't be disappointed if it doesn't. If you have aneed to put words down on paper, or computer. that is all the encouragement you need. or may get so get used to it!

If we adjust our thinking a bitwe realize writing is within all of us.