“Don’t be ‘a writer’. Be writing.”
— William Faulkner
This is where my blog URL comes from. It also echoes my father’s repeated advice when I said “I want to be a writer.”
Hence the blog’s title: “Writers write, Rach.”
I set up a blog a long time ago, that I think I wrote one post in. And it was one of those “I’ll write about wanting to write.” This one is going to be like that, too. But there will be more. I am full up of ideas and words. I can write whole essays in my head, argue eruditely on HuffPo and be pithy and clever on Facebook. Time to take the essays out of my head, expand them from brief arguments and witty comments, and put them in (digital) print.
What has stopped me in the from moving on is fear–of failure, mostly. I’m a perfectionist, which is an awesome quality in an editor, but not necessarily in a writer. I realize, though, I have to produce and then separate the wheat from the chaff later. I was looking for the Faulkner quote today–to get it right when I added it–and I found another quote that might be a new favorite: “A writer must teach himself that the basest of all things is to be afraid.” Well–Bill–I’ll heed that advice. It is the basest of all things, and it is the thing that prevents most of us doing what we really love. So, I’ve learned and I’m kicking fear to the curb. I’m writing. And I’m not going to stop any time soon.
I don’t know that there will be any one theme to my writing. I imagine I’ll write a lot about politics, what happens at work, my kids, etc. I already know what the next post is going to be. It’s still fermenting in my head right now, but you’ll just have to come back and see when it’s ready for public consumption.
Welcome. I hope you’ll come back.
- Posted in: Uncategorized