Wednesday, October 21, 2009

This Is Hard

I have never claimed to be a talented writer, although I like to think that I am no slouch. And I never really aspired to be a terribly good writer, but in the back of my mind I always sort of thought that maybe somewhere in there there was some hope for me. And I sort of thought that one of the things that made a writer good and creative one was being able to take a phrase, maybe just one phrase, and turn it into something much more substantial.
Or at least I always hoped that that was something worthwhile, because I find myself having to do that all the time. It's like, I get an idea in my big fat noggin and for some reason that is all that sticks, so I am left trying in vain to fluff it out into something substantial that maybe you will want to read so that you will come back tomorrow, you know what I am saying? So I am stuck here, sitting at my keyboard, time after time desperately attempting to turn one little phrase or one little idea into something consumable.
The problem with that is that it is hard. I mean, seriously difficult. Looking back, as we approach out 500th post...wait. Hold on. We've already passed that landmark long ago. Let me rephrase that please. Looking back, as our 500th post quickly recedes in the rearview mirror (there, that's better) I notice that when I have had to try and perform this miracle of modern authoring I have very rarely successful. I usually sort of come close to the mark but never really hit it on like I want to. Does that make any sense? I am sort of like a curler who is always in the four-foot circle but is never quite able to set the rock on the button. That was more for our Canadian readers. How about this one: I am sort of like an archer who is always around the bulls-eye but never quite on it.
So I am trying, and I would like to think that I am learning some. Some of what, I am not exactly sure. But one of these days, I am going to nail it on the proverbial head. The arrow is going to stick right through the bulls-eye. I am going to draw the stone right around the guard onto the button. Mark my words it's going to happen one of these times when I am going to take a simple phrase and make it into something masterful. Maybe then I will be something resembling a writer. Or maybe not, we'll see.

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