The Ups and Downs of Writing

I am new to writing for the public eye. Having only been blogging close to 22 months now, I am getting the feel of the swings that come with writing. Some days you won’t feel sure of your words or they won’t come as easily. It happens, not often to me, but it can depending on my current state of mind. Other days you will feel like you are the best writer in the world. I rarely “like” my own work, but I can appreciate the effort. Those days also come with their frustrations. You see other people “making it” or getting their chance and all you want is your phone call or email. Ups and downs come to us all, but it is what you choose to do the other 90% of the time that really matters. How do you spend your every day life and what are you doing to better your craft? I write and post constantly because I am practicing. It is like a lesson plan of my own, but there is a plan. Make no mistake… there is always a plan. I am always trying to get better.

Ups and Downs, that is what writing is all about. Connected so closely with our moods and personalities. What a great passion we chose huh?

-OM

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56 thoughts on “The Ups and Downs of Writing

  1. well me too, i’d just re-starting writing stuff for MYSELF after a few years doing for others. I say just write what comes your way, no expectation, just expressions from your soul. I forgot how much a therapy writing can be, when you’re not just ranting on twitter or typing your inner voice out loud and broadcasting to the entire world. I guess just enjoy the ride and don’t even think about tomorrow. You know, just enjoying the present moment of your fingers typing those keyboards and letting your mind go free. Take your time for yourself, and take in this moment to enjoy typing those keys. Blessings… 🙂

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  2. It’s hard graft and few appreciate the time and energy involved in pursuing a passion. Writing comes with high and low periods of creativity. It is how we ride these waves and allow them to come and pass that defines us as writers. As long as we can balance the passion with the passion for living, taking influences from our day and putting them onto paper, this is how we keep going. Sometimes there will be periods of silence, and sometimes there will be periods where our writing is widely recognised and appreciated. You can write an expressive post with no recognition, or post a short statement and everyone will see it and see the love behind the message.

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  3. Jason, first off thank you for following my blog. I am new to “blogging” but have been writing for a long time. (It started with my diary that had a little key so no one could open it). I really enjoyed your blog today and look forward to more.

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  4. I’m two days old on this thing, but i’ve been writing since the age of 6 changing in every way as I age. I try to be honest whilst opening my heart and stamping it on a page with a little spice of humour, and just being me.

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  5. “What a great passion we chose?” Most days, I am certain this passion chose me. It’s definitely a mixed ride. Some days the writing is an easy stream; it just floats along and the words come without a struggle. Other days, it’s a wild, river ride with class six rapids, turning and twisting; the words come quickly and there are so many thoughts and ideas it’s difficult to control or put them in order. Then again, there are the eddys; sitting in one spot for hours, no movement at all. I love it all, though.

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  6. So very true! I’ve been blogging for only a week and I find myself unsure of what to post. Any advice for newbies?

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  7. Some days, the words spill out with no problem. Others, they just won’t come. So I take a break and come back to it. It’s just a hobby for me these days. It’s nice being able to write what I want and not being told what to do. 🙂

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    • Never delete anything you write! I always just feel alright with what I write but there are some day that I go over my old poems and rants and realize that they were actually quite intriguing. As my English professor told me, “Just keep writing, even the bad, until it feels right.”

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  8. I love this! I’m only a freshman in college but I have already learned so much about professional writing! In one semester I’ve written pitch letters, feature stories, news releases, documentary scripts, and of course plain old news stories. Journalism is a giant field of possibilities! Ups and downs come with the job because it is so closely linked to your own ups and downs. Writing is an expression of ones self even when writing a simple unbiased news story. You are saying this is what I find valuable, this is what I hope you will appreciate, and this is the best way I could think to get the information to you.

    I love writing and journalism. I understand you.

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  9. I am fairly new to blogging as well and most days I am so tired after work I don’t even know where to begin with writing. However, I do feel that just the fact that I still do it makes me better at it.

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  10. This is so very true. When I write and regardless of what I write, I very rarely feel they are good enough. We, creatives, are our own worst enemies.

    It takes me a long to write and post anything, including this comment, because I am constantly editing and rewriting. And usually even after that I’m still not satisfied. Very rarely am I able to knock something out like you do. Now that’s something I’d like to be able to do.

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  11. I’ve just started blogging last week but I’ve been writing almost all my life, if you consider writing journal entries writing. I write poetry too, but I have not published anything yet, I do have plans to publish a chapbook and venture to other genres.

    I try to read a lot and practice writing. Right now my practice involves writing poems and journal entries.

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  12. Its funny how rarely the things you right stick with you. Seems like 90% of the time once it’s posted it becomes an afterthought, regardless of how good or bad the piece is. Always thought that was interesting. Completely engulfed in the moment than couldn’t give a damn in the next. Wacky.

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  13. I have only been blogging for about 4 months now, so I still have a lot to learn, but I am really happy with the way things are going up to this point. Great post, I always look forward to reading what you have to say.

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  14. Jason,
    Thanks for this. I’m also new at blogging–just since December. The ups and downs are unpredictable. I try to stay focused on why I’m blogging (a kind of plan, I think)–which is to tell my story in my own voice instead of letting others tell their versions. At age 70 I’m tired of hearing other stories about me–and have, truthfully, colluded by purposely not telling parts of my story. Parts I’ve been ashamed of, or not known how to tell. So now’s my chance–no matter what others think, and no matter what happens to my written words. It feels incredibly healing to put them out there and let them go.

    I appreciate and admire your candid approach to life and to your writing.
    Elouise

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  15. This is so very true. I’m new to blogging as well and sometimes I can’t help but feel my words are just an extension of myself, not even a talent, just a part of me. It’s hard to keep up with writing when my moods are so erratic but I do try and squeeze in a poem or two even when I’m feeling like I’m melting to the floor.
    Which oddly enough happens far too often.

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