Thoughts on the Writing Life

randomlychad  —  April 26, 2012 — 15 Comments

20120425-111300.jpgWe are a strange breed–we who try to cobble together, Frankenstein-like, meaning from the jumbled words screaming to escape the crenellations of our cortexes, the dark rivers of our hearts. They–these words–will not lie still, and unlike that patient etherized upon a table, they wriggle and squirm–awaiting their birth.

And once poured forth upon the page, not only do they not die, but also take on entirely new lives of their own. Yet still do they live in the backs of our minds as well–these word babies, once birthed, yet waiting still to be born.

Though they permeate–like a fragrant tea–our waking lives, still we see them even when our eyes are closed. Words are the tea our souls are steeped in; like tea, there are different hues, tones, notes, and flavors to our words. There are the weaker, and the stronger.

And spometimes they shamble weakly, zombie-like; other times, they run. Still other times, they sing.

Blessed are we to catch these falling notes before they are lost to the mists of memory and of time.

Cast wide your nets, writers, and wonder at the words.

Do you wonder at the words?

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  • Ricky Anderson

    Frankenstein. Zombies. Fragrant tea.

    Only you could come up with the combination, Chad.

    Well done!

    • Thanks, Ricky!

      This one was a labor of love.

  • Yes, indeed. Especially at their power.

    • Me, too, sir! What a wonder!

  • I have a respect for good writing, so I get a bit peeved when I’m duped by a book that ends up being terrible or a blogger who may actually be a good blogger, but was never a decent writer to begin with.

    • Wait--so what are you saying?

      Can you differentiate for me? What makes someone a good blogger, but a terrible writer?

      And did you feel duped by today’s post?

    • Wait--so what are you saying?

      Can you differentiate for me? What makes someone a good blogger, but a terrible writer?

      And did you feel duped by today’s post?


      • You can run an efficient blog with engaging content and never actually write something of substance. For example, doing gimmicky stuff just to fill posts, sharing your space for guest posts, networking well… I just think there’s a difference between being a good blogger and a good writer.

        With that being said, of course I didn’t feel duped by this post -- I don’t usually comment on those types of posts. =) It was some great writing!

        • I see. Thanks for clarifying. I see what you mean--like in life, in blogging one can hit the right notes, but miss the symphony. That about right?

          That said, the other side of this is that I feel it’s important to share one’s platform with people (writers) of substance--folks who have something to say.

          And thanks for your kind words! This post represents me trying to stretch my wings a bit, delve into more lyrical style, while still (hopefully) delivering something of substance.

          • I’m with you. I’m all about platform-sharing. =)

  • One of the things that amazes me is how a post will take on a life of its own and turn into something you didn’t dream of.

    • Isn’t that the truth, Larry? They live--our words--in ways we could never foresee.

  • I think words are so important to getting your message across successfully. Good post!