Wednesday, June 2, 2010

First...


...word.  First thing.  First thought.  Sometimes that is the most difficult thing about getting started.  I love to write and spend a lot of time every day writing all sorts of things.  I sometimes wonder if anyone will ever read what I write.  I also read everything I can find to read. I do not have a theme.  I do not have a genre.  I am all over the place.  I tell people that I even read toothpaste tube ingredient labels.  Strange but true.  Most people would rather not know.  If you are going to learn or become a better person or a better writer you must read without ceasing.  We learn from others.  We learn what is good and what is bad.  We learn what we like and don't like.  I also write to writers to comment on what they have written.  I love writing to columnists for newspapers.  Most of them are egotists.  I know that because I am a recovering columnist.  I wrote to one over the weekend and he erupted back in an e mail casting aspersions on my ability to criticize his work.  Of course he was right.  Only in his grammar but not in his response to my comments.  I wrote him back and thanked him for teaching me the error of my ways.  He wrote back and apologized for his response.  Good, positive communication is a wonderful thing.  We all need teachable moments.

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