I’ve never participated in the annual global grassroots of NaNoWriMo promoted by wordpress.com and other online writing communities. I don’t consider myself a serious writer. Just a personal blogger who cringes slightly at the thought of pumping out over 50,000 words of sanity in 1 month. I’d rather turn my bike pedals 50,000 revolutions. My hearty kudos for writers, especially those who write fiction.
However it doesn’t mean I don’t care how or what I choose to blog.
The blog topics I’ve penned over the years, are ideas sparked usually by one or more of these 3 different triggers:
- something I’ve seen, read or heard
- a personal experience, usually a pearl string of incidents that shapes a niche theme
- photos taken by myself or Jack, that trigger memories, metaphors, new perspectives and are combined with above complementary idea sparklers
Incubation, Growing a Baby
Some of my blog posts have been ideas, incubating in the art womb, my right side brain, for many months or just few days. Usually the idea is curled up like a baby fern tightly in my brain corner for a long time. The idea is something
I’ve been wanting very much to share. It’s just that I haven’t figured out how I’m going to unleash the thought, how to articulate and unfurl the idea. But it is a thought I’ve felt very strongly and I know I need to express, shape that blog post somehow.
So the post idea just sits patiently, sometimes napping, waiting and nudges me occasionally.
Then one day, I just need to capture and release the butterfly idea first, in a Word document. Then copy the story into WordPress. A trigger may be just a few photos in mind, to grace a blog post.
A good karma time for a few hours of busy quietness, dedicated to wordsmithing and happy photo selection.
Instinct Writing Tumbles Out Like Happy Baby
Most of the time I think it’s good karma time for writing. Maybe akin to allowing the baby to tumble out into a blog post, giggling and happy at birth. Baby is then washed and clean to greet the world. Even a sad topic becomes a creation that is whole and complete in comprehension. Baby asks in delight and wonder: I see you. Look at me. I want to talk with you, wave my hands and feet with you.
Alexander, J. How Four Words Got Me Back on the Writing Track. In Pairings: Art and What Goes With It blog. Jan. 5, 2015.