Just write, Lynn!
Posted by Lynn at 5:04 pm in Uncategorized, Writing

I know I don’t need another book on writing. My bookcase is full of writing books and I feel that my writing toolbox is full, too. I enjoyed reading Stephen King’s On Writing and even though he gave me permission to write, it just didn’t happen. A copy of Unstuck: A Supportive and Practical Guide to Working Through Writer’s Block, by Jane Anne Staw is shelved on the nightstand. I’m a bit more compassionate towards the writer-me but I think I could use a little tough love, too. I tend to talk about writing more than I ever actually write. I found my copy of Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott. Although I hoped that accepting “shitty first drafts” would free up my penchant towards perfection, I’m still struggling to ignore that I know there is a better word, description, whatever, that stops my writing like a dropped cellphone call. My right and left brain both agree that I should write however together they come up with enough excuses that Write: 10 Days to Overcome Writer’s Block. Period. by Karen E. Peterson pretty much canceled itself out.

Ah, but the desire to write occasionally walks me to the writing section in the bookstore. So what made me break my promise to not buy another book on writing? The Daily Writer: 366 Meditations to Cultivate a Productive and Meaningful Writing Life by Fred White. I like the author’s tone. He’s just talking to me, making observations, recommendations, and suggesting interesting exercises. He’s talking to me about Existentialism, English Literature and art. This book is like having a college professor at my fingertips. Maybe that is the difference. He’s not talking about why I cannot write and he’s not telling me why he writes. Instead, he’s making me think about everything and writing.

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Never waste an interview
Posted by Lynn at 7:16 pm in Uncategorized

This summer I went on several interviews and I’m sorry to say I didn’t get either job.  However, by asking a few questions, I gleaned information that I took back to my current job.  My boss is taciturn but friendly.  He doesn’t give me a lot of feedback so I never know what he wants/likes/needs.  It’s very frustrating because I’m not a mind reader.  One of my interviewers/ees told me how he likes his work.  He was VERY specific and I loved it.  I wish all interviewers/ees were so verbose. I knew exactly what a day/week/month/year would be with him.  So, I took one of his many ideas and applied them to my current boss.  Now, when ever my boss travels, I set up folders for each day of his trip.  In each folder I include his calendar, his travel itinerary and any meeting material he needs.  Of course I didn’t get any feedback when he returned.  A week later I was arranging more travel and he hands me some notes and asks me to include them in the folder for his next trip.  Success!

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Why do we blog?
Posted by Lynn at 12:56 am in Uncategorized

Why have a public journal?  Are our egos so large that we believe someone is waiting out there just to read our words?  Are our words so fantastic that someone else would want to read them? Are we reaching out hoping to connect with other people?  Are we so lonely that we have to find a way to communicate with people, even if it is only in blog comments?

The title of my website is Lynn’s Vanity Pages.  Most personal websites are vanity sites.  Look at me!  Look at me!  I have a kewl site!  I have interesting things to say!  I’m not saying there aren’t any good or interesting sites.  Some people have valuable information to share.  Some have interesting stories. 

Although, who am I to criticize as I sit here in front of my laptop, typing these words, hoping to be read.

I went to ReaderCon this summer and listened to a discussion regarding writing and blogging was mentioned.  Someone in the audience took offence because of a comment made regarding the average blog entry.  Most blog entries are first draft.  They are raw.  They contain typos, poor punctuation, and bad construction.  Tom Purdom felt that whatever he published should be final draft. He writes professionally, so I would expect that.  The woman in the audience, a teacher, was just happy to see her students writing and getting feedback so they would understand how their writing was being interpreted.  I think that is an interesting use for a blog. 

I don’t know if blogging will be just another fad.  Some things become ubiquitous and others become vapor.  However, here I am, joining in on the fun.

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