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Writing and Me

Most people who write and those who wish to write likely know that the libraries of the world are comfortably stacked with the ‘how to’ of creative writing. Guess the thing for me is, I’ve got to do my own struggling, got to find my own way of saying things with these fingers that dance along the laptop keys. The question for me is not so much, how successful can I be financially in my writing? (Don’t get me wrong, would not mind at all cashing a lot of royalty checks!) More important for me at this juncture in my life is finding out about where I’ve been, all the bad things, all the good things, and getting a better idea of who I really am. My books have plots, such as they are, and they have characters. These plots and these characters serve me and give me a chance to ‘muse and fuse,’ to maybe discover some things about me I never knew.

Sure, I want my books interesting enough to be read, enjoyed, and to have people talking about them. The most important thing, though, for me, is being true to me, plumbing my depths, finding the music of my soul, and hoping I discover more of me. Ego? Maybe so. But it has got to be me finding out whether or not I’m any good at this business of writing. You know, I’m beginning to think maybe I am. It’s not that I’m not willing to learn — it’s just, it better be there within me now, this style thing, this appeal to readers, because I’m not necessarily going to find it in the library.

I’m thinking we do it by ‘doing it,’ over and over again… if we’re any good, we need to trust that little voice inside that says we are.

Everyone has to do her and his own thing. I’m old enough to think I’m just as right as some folks who write about writing and maybe too dumb and inflexible to realize I’m singing a song here with a guitar out of tune.

That’s what I’m thinking!

Billy Ray Chitwood – October 4, 2018

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4 comments on “Writing and Me

  1. Gwen Plano says:

    I love your humility and determination, Billy Ray. And, I especially love your writing. Like you, I don’t read “how to” books about writing; perhaps I should, but I don’t. At this stage in life, I’m driven to share some of the mysteries of life – fictional or non-fictional. And, of course, I deeply hope that what I share has meaning for someone. The Grateful Dead’s Truckin’ comes to mind…. just keep truckin’ my friend. 😀

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    1. Your words mean so much to me, dear Gwen! I’m gonna keep on truckin’. ♥♥

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  2. C.E.Robinson says:

    I’m thinking the same, Billy Ray! Old enough to say that! Keep writing! Your thoughts are right on! Don’t concentrate on the out of tune guitar, you’ll miss the entire beautiful orchestra. 📚 Christine

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    1. So well said, dear Catharine! ♥

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