Getting Back on the Writing Horse
There was once a time when I was able to write short stories and I thought they were funny. Others thought they were funny too. But it has been such a long time since I wrote with such ease and enjoyment. I feel now that anything I endeavor to do is such a chore. I take no pleasure in trying to accomplish something that takes more than five minutes to do.
I would like to start writing again but I am completely out of ideas. I have no motivation or drive. I think that if I were to start writing with any regularity I would write about funny things that have happened to me over the course of my lifetime. Of course I wouldn't be able to recollect the events in their entirety so I would add a bit of “sparkle” to them (sparkle being a bit of hyperbole).
I would hunker down and get working, but what would be the outcome? Would I write something that people really wanted to read, would they enjoy it?
Writing is like playing sports. You get better at your chosen sport that longer you play it. The more you practice, the more effort and hard work you put into it the better you get. I have been out of the writing game for so long that I have forgotten how to use a pencil. It's chopstick shaped implement with graphite protruding out of one end and a rubber wad on the other.
In order for me to achieve the level of writing I was once capable of I need to start at the bottom or better put start all over again. Write as if I have never written before. I'll have to simply just write whatever pops into my mind. There will be useless articles on “what's the appropriate length of a peanut” to “Pandas, are they useful” I suspect I'll get a lot heat for the second topic given the irrational amount of love for the cuddly black and white sacks of uselessness, but I am a writer and so I will “suffer the slings and arrows(as a colleague of mine put it)' of such misdirected discontent.
So there you have it, the mad ramblings of a former writer attempting to reattain his former crown of “writer of jest”. Will it be done, can he reinsert himself into the world of the written world or will he be discouraged and find that this writing thing takes more than five minutes to do? I don't know but it should be pretty fun and exciting to find out. So come along with me and see for yourself what becomes of this prodigal son.