I Gotta Write

By JonBurke Uncategorized 4 Comments on I Gotta Write

I am surprised you are reading this, because I almost didn’t write it.  It’s been a rough year to say the least and writing has taken a backseat, but I can’t stay away.  When I do get a spare moment I find myself surfing through writing sites, reading blogs, and jotting down ideas into my pocket notebook.  I guess even though I don’t have a fine arts degree in English literature, or have yet to really publish, writing has gotten under my skin and I guess it’s here to stay.

It’s an outlet for me.  It’s a way of being creative.  I know some of the purist could point out every grammatical error in this post but is writing a technical process or is it an art form?  I prefer the latter and that it’s an expression of the writer and what that person has to say.  Not necessarily that they are saying it in perfect English.  After all some of the best characters we know murder the language with their own interjections, and slang.  It’s not irreverent it’s their voice. 

When I read something I want to be transported to that time, that place, which the writer is describing.  If they have done a good job of it you feel as if you are in the scene.  You are the guy sitting across the park on a bench feeding the pigeons.  You perspire yourself when the runner crosses the finish line.  That’s what writing is to me.  Its entertainment, its art, its knowledge shared.

I look at my writing with some degree of success because unlike the old adage “write what you know”, I often write about “what I want to know”.  So you may get a post about panning for gold, a post about reducing high blood pressure, or what diversionary tactic I used to get my four year old out the door to daycare that morning .  But I can guarantee that you and I will learn something together.

We don’t write because it’s a hobby or because we want to be the next J.K. Rowling, ok maybe I would like to have her income, but we write because it’s who we are and who we want to be.  Writing takes us places of unlimited possibilities through fiction.  It educates us through non-fiction.  And it finds us a home inside ourselves that we can either share to the world or tuck away in our journals to ponder on a rainy day. 

Whatever makes you write.  Keep it up.  You will soon find your voice. 

Who am I? I am new to the blog, but I have been writing seriously and sometimes not so seriously, for about eight years.  I have done some paid blogging, some grant writing, and even pondered a zine or two.  I am a newbie and probably always will be.  Your feedback is encouraged as I look forward to contributing to Newbie Writers and I know that I am in the presence of greatness even if you have not realized it yet.

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  • Craig
    Posted on June 27, 2011 at 4:28 am

    Enjoyed your post. I am kind of in your shoes. It is nice to have company. If you write more posts, I’ll read them.

  • JonBurke
    Posted on June 27, 2011 at 6:28 am

    Thanks Craig. It always seems like life gets in the way for me. But I am trying to stick with it.

  • GentleWind
    Posted on July 24, 2011 at 3:38 am

    You spoke unknowingly of my heart as to why I write. It does make me happy! When I write the simplest of things, my heart leaps. I love writing with only a pencil and paper. Do you do that sometimes? It seems to release the joy inside. Great honesty in your post. I appreciate that.

  • JonBurke
    Posted on July 24, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    I write freehand quite a bit, but mostly in ink. I’ll definetly try the pencil beause you are right, pencil has it’s own unique flow to it.

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