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As a writer, Iím a tormented soul!

Well, not really; but, sometimes it feels as if Iím tormented.

Thereís a crazy truth when it comes to writers and their writings, and the paradox creates such a chasm that itís ridiculous. When a writer is not writing, the well of ideas dries up, and itís impossible to start anything no matter how minor. That well of ideas is a lot like an inkwell, only not very well-sealed. If that ink sits in the well, it grows stagnant. Scum creeps over the surface, and eventually, the ink dries out until itís a hard lump at the bottom of the bowl. But if that ink is used, constantly stirred and disturbed by the swirling of a quill, the scum is scattered, and the ink remains fresh. Millions and millions of words are waiting there, waiting to be put on paper.

Iím like that inkwell. When Iím not writing regularly and daily, a funky brain-scum hides my creativity, and I sit here for hours not able to write anything. But when I write day-after-day, week after week, my brain moves and creates Ė not just on the project Iím working, but on 1001 other projects and I canít keep up with the flow of ideas. Those I can juggle are overwhelming, and Iím tortured with the need to work incessantly.

Itís no secret that Iím working on a 16 volume set of books related to the odu and the patakŪs making up their oral literary corpus. While working on that project (and itís a lifetime of work in itself, I will agree) another book that has been nagging me finally broke through the fog which is my tired mind, and Iíve spent that past week outlining and developing that idea elusively. All the while, Iím dying to get back to work on my short stories, and the novel I have partially outlined is dying to be written. Plus, the book Iím outlining and developing now has birthed about 20 more ideas for books (extensions of the original), and I feel buried, unable to breathe or break away from pens, papers, or laptop that sits in front of me.

So whatís the point of this blog? There is no point, none at all. Iím thankful that I have a talent with the written word, and Iím even more thankful that I have readers who love every word I put on paper; and Iím ecstatic that I have critics who hate every word I write, because it motivates me to not only write more, but better. But . . . oh . . . my . . . gosh . . . Iím at a point in my life where I either have to focus on my writing or give it up if I hope to HAVE a life.

OyŠ: Give me strength.

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The following comments are for "Inkwells, pens, papers, and rambling incessantly!"
by OchaniLele

I feel your pain boss, I have now taken to caring around a legal pad, (I'm on my second one in about a week and a half) otherwise I lose all the good ideas that pop into my head. I only work when I absolutly have to and all of my other free time is givin over to writing. I feel an overwhelming sense of urgency, like if I don't write it right this second, it will be gone and I'll never get it back. I have a song for the songwriters challenge, the prolouge for a fantasy novel, my submission for "Four Seasons", A poem, 2 short stories, an idea for a comedy sketch, *sings* and a partidge in a pear treeeeeeeeee

I'm loving and hating it all at once. I've never been so aware of my muse before. As with you, there is no point to this comment, just me venting ( like I don't do that enough already) Much love and blessing to you,


( Posted by: HeRoCoMpLeX [Member] On: September 8, 2009 )

re: Ochani
Why do we write?

Because not writing would be worse.

Good luck,


( Posted by: Beckett Grey [Member] On: September 8, 2009 )

@ Hero
Once, I carried pen and paper everywhere I went. I took it to an extreme; I kept some in the bathroom, by the tiolet! And let me tell you the ideas I got in there! Quite a few made it into my books!

Now, I've evolved into a netbook. When they first came out, I used a Dell Mini 9, but the 8 gig hard drive and small screen limited me. When HP came out with their 10.1 mini, and Verizon offered a discounted machine with a 2 yr broadband contract, I bought that, and it is my constant companion.

Writing and rewriting hundreds of thousands of words ruined my handwriting. Even I can't read it. So the netbook is an invaluable companion.

Thanks for replying!

( Posted by: OchaniLele [Member] On: September 8, 2009 )

@ Beckett
You are right. Only death is worse than not writing.


( Posted by: OchaniLele [Member] On: September 8, 2009 )

Yep, use it or lose it. The brain is a muscle and if it isn't used it atrophies. For myself - I have to drag myself to the computer and force the work. There is no mystery here as to why - I have the same mechanism when I go to the gym. When I'm there, computer or gym, I'm fine - in fact - happy. I guess every writer has a different process. I start with a crossword puzzle - once those 'little gray cells' start perking then writing must and will ensue.
Cool post Boss!

( Posted by: jonpenny [Member] On: September 8, 2009 )

My G-d man, time to run away and have some fun fun fun till your daddy takes your T-Bird la la la la (Beach Boys)...

The Lit.Org loves you as do I old friend, thank goodness for you and the wonderful writers of Lit.Org;-)

With ALL love,

( Posted by: TheRealKarmaTseringLhamo [Member] On: September 13, 2009 )

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