Blind Writing

I'm working on a book.  Lots of people are working on a book, just like I have been for the past year or so, but now I'm actually sitting down and writing.  Not the book I thought I wanted to write, but the one that wants to be written.  Submitting to this eased so much of the mental conflict I was having about where to go with it.  

I noticed something today.  Everyone knows writing is a creative process.  Some people like to edit as they go, making sure things are spelled right and the sentence structure is good. This is how I've always been.  But I noticed that it takes me out of the flow of writing.  I can have a thought going in my head, when all of a sudden I hit the wrong key.  The jagged red underline is like a flare that I can't ignore.  The problem is, if I fix it, it takes me out of the creative mindset and into the present tense editing mode, and even if only for a few seconds, I then have to think of where I was.  But, if I ignore it, my attention keeps getting drawn back to it, that red flare, also keeping me from just writing.

I tried to just look at the keyboard, which is ok, but I'm still aware if I hit the wrong key.  What I found works best for me is to close my eyes.  It sounds weird, to sit in a room typing with my eyes closed, but it really works.  Sure, when I open them, I find more mistakes than I would have made otherwise, but I've gotten more writing done, which is why I'm there in the first place.  Editing can be done later.  

 

The Beginning

 

It's arguable whether or not we all have a book inside us.  I think most people have at least something worth saying, and maybe someone else can relate to it too.  I've thought for quite awhile about starting to write, but so many things cross my mind -

Will anyone care?

Will I be repeating things that have been said before?

Will I share too much?  

Do I have enough to say to write long enough or interesting enough posts? 

Let's see - maybe, probably, probably, who knows.  

The truth is, none of it matters.  There is almost always something simmering just beneath the surface, and often it starts to boil over.  I don't know if there is enough inside me to ever be a book, or if it is profound enough for others to read.  I'm doing this for the act of writing, with no expectations or plans for it.  In the beginning, it's guaranteed to be scattered between many different topics.  Maybe over time, it will narrow in focus, or maybe it will just attract fellow readers who enjoy the wandering journey. Either way, I sincerely hope you enjoy it and I hope you benefit from it in some way.

I honestly can't take credit for a lot of things I say.  Stories from my life, sure, those are mine, but most of my core beliefs are things I've heard along the way.  Some I thought of myself, and then heard someone else say too, so who knows. There is a huge list of people that have shaped my thinking in a significant way.  Too many to even list, for fear that I will overlook someone.

Some of my favorite topics, depending on the day, are creativity, design, tech, writing, psychology, inventing, and fitness.  Maybe that just leaves you as confused as I am, wondering how Walt Disney and Arnold Schwarzenegger get along in my head.  Trust me, they do, and that part I take credit for. Although I can't take credit for many of the things I think and say, I can take credit for how it all comes together.  Think of it like this - I may not make the sugar, and I may not make the flour, but I do bake the cake.  

I just thought of that.  I like it.

Thanks to all the people who have influence me, thank to the people who have, and continue to support me - my loving family, and thanks for spending some time here.

-Jason