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If it’s not a New Year’s resolution, it should be.  

If it’s not a habit, then it’s a good one to start. 

If it’s not something you care to do, then stop. For god-sake, stop. 

But if you’re a writer -- a real writer, then you know. You must. Write. Just keep the hand moving across the keyboard, no matter what or how painful the process.  Keep the brain working. No matter how foolish or dull you feel or how much drivel it seems you can produce.  You must.  Write. Write every day.

I do. For the most part. Almost every day, there’s an an article or some project waiting for completion on my desk. It’s work. Nice work if you can get it. But the fact that I’m working as a writer on assignment for others is still my cop-out. . . one vainglorious excuse for not writing for myself. Every day.

In my book, (and no, I am not working on a book)  writing on assignment doesn’t count for writing that’s true and fine and. . .and who am I kidding?  What I have here - staring back at me in black and white print  - is not indeed true or fine.  It’s a complaint. . . a kvetch, a rant about not writing.  

By my own admission - and negligence -  I have a “blog” that’s run dry,  gone fallow lo these many weeks. Blogger's block.  Like Peter Pan visiting Tinkerbell at her last gasp, I must "clap, clap if I believe" in fairies and tap-tap on the keyboard - my launchpad - from which perhaps someday I will take flight for good and write, write as if my very life depended on it.  Puzzling in a tumble of words. Letting them spill forth. Perhaps one day I’ll have enough scrabble pieces to fill the board.  

Or not. 

For here and now, blogging will have to do the trick.  Turning over a new page  Every day. 

It may not be the best, but it’s certainly not the worst way to pass the time.

And thanks again for stopping by. 


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Comment by Harp on November 29, 2012 at 6:26pm

Lately... I can't stop writing.   It's like a compulsion.   And I liked your post.

Comment by Vivian Henoch on November 29, 2012 at 6:34pm

Lucky you. And thank you. 

Comment by Zanelle on November 29, 2012 at 9:26pm
Nice to see you writing here. You have a good clear poetic voice. I used to do a blog post on Open every day for the last three years almost and it was a compulsion that I loved. It got me up in the morning. But now here on Our Salon it is more relaxed and I am not so driven. Words flow. Your words are wonderful no matter how often they come.
Comment by Leray on November 29, 2012 at 11:03pm

remember:  reading is writing and writing is reading.  So whatever path you take on any given day, you remain a writer. 

Comment by Vivian Henoch on November 30, 2012 at 4:46am

Zanelle!  Hello.  Glad to see your name again, in a company of writers. Thank you.

Leray. . . thanks for your words. 

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on November 30, 2012 at 4:48am

Every day. YES.

Comment by Vivian Henoch on November 30, 2012 at 6:57am

Working on it.  Thanks Jonathan.  I'm about to read your blog with interest . . . as soon as I post my next piece. 


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