13 January 2006

and that's what blogs are all about, Charlie Brown

I have been meaning to improve my writing skills for many years now, and possibly branching out into creative writing. I am hoping that this blog will help me do that in a sense, though don’t expect short stories from me anytime soon. I think sometimes as though I am writing—thinking of good words, literary descriptions and the like—but when I attempt to put the words and descriptions down on paper, I feel like I’m being pretentious, that everything I write should be more profound. So I stop writing at all. I am working on coming to grips with the fact that I am not a great writer, a master of words. But the only way I am going to get any better is if I get past my feeling of needing to be an expert immediately. I think I can, I think I can. So I imagine that that is what some of this blog will be about: getting some good words out of my head and into the world. Writing exercises, if you will. I don’t mean for any of this stuff to sound like grand poetry or deep thoughts, just stuff that I think about, and then write about.

Oh, and also I thought I’d try keeping a blog to let friends and family know what Eric and I are up to….hikes, crafts, discovering seattle, and so forth.

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