By Annette Rey
Not the why, but the what. Ernest Hemingway
I am ashamed to come back to my blog and I am ashamed to have been gone from it for ten months. Not writing on it is the larger of my two embarrassments.
It takes nerve to come back after an absence. Part of what makes me return is to be an inspiration to others who have abandoned their work for any reason and need an example to show them they can resume their work online.
My absence has had nothing to do with writer’s block. As my site title indicates, I do not believe writer’s block exists, per se. I believe if we accept as concrete fact that something ethereal exists, that belief can affect us in a material way, positively or negatively.
In this case, the result would be negative. I would be stopped in my tracks if I gave credence to the belief that such a thing as writer’s block is real, as much as if I were paralyzed and fearful of a tiny spider. My reasoning tells me I am much larger than the spider and I have many options to deal with it.
I am not powerless.
I am resourceful!
Therefore, I keep my mind open and grab any object from my environment and there I have it – a topic to write about. I write encouragement to others and I exercise that encouragement toward myself.
If I had posted one to two times a week over the past ten months, I would have had to come up with forty to eighty ideas to write about. Sounds daunting stated that way, doesn’t it? But, I must have at least three ideas a day come to me, so if anything, I am at ease and ahead of the game at present.
Wasting no more words on reintroduction, allow me to regale you with a writer’s understanding and encouragement for other writers.
Number One Rule for Writers: Never stop reading.
Reading is a writer’s food to build a healthy brain, to add to his education, to supply inspiration, to glean new ideas for your own writing from the pages you are reading.
In the past ten months I have read books on:
The psychological effects of architecture on the human psyche (dry but insightful),
The Frackers by Gregory Zuckerman (fascinating, an exciting look into the lives of innovators and our Earth’s geology),
1984 by George Orwell (believably scary),
The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and various Jewish memoirs from the Holocaust (truthful history and truly scary),
Several books on the lives of medical examiners and the science of autopsies including the background on the massive coordination of equipment and people handling the human remains of 9/11 (all respectfully written and meaningful from many aspects),
The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehinger (no space between the J and R), (utterly humorous),
The psychopathy of criminals (a writer needs to know these things to make his characters and their interactions believable),
many books on writing (I am eager to share writing techniques with you),
books of quotations (food for thought),
trade and conservation magazines (a writer needs info that is up-to-date),
You get the idea. Be widely read. The more you know, the more easily the pen glides.
I will follow this post with more Rules for Writers and thoughts and partial reviews on many of the books I have read as that information relates to writers and writing ideas.
Welcome again, and get ready for a blast of knowledge.
It’s good to be back.