Thanks for joining me today. Sit a spell and find something that you like. I enjoy sharing my curiosity through my writing. Feel free to like, comment, or follow me.
Lighthouses have long been a fascination for me, but growing up in Montana didn’t provide any opportunities to view these beautiful and iconic structures in person. Living in Ohio brings lighthouses much closer to me, and I am planning to venture to the northern border of the Buckeye State to take a look at least one along Lake Erie’s shoreline. In preparing for such a trip, I completed some research about these “Nightly Sentinels”, which is a poem inspired from my study.
Here are some of the previous posts. You will find a variety of poems from the past few weeks.
- Foggy Rain
- Sweetest Love
- How is love defined?
- The First Tree is Mine
- Everlasting Road
- Walk of Faith
- A Perfect Seat
- Nourishing Love
- Wintertime Blues
- Moving Forward
Plan to visit the Photo Gallery. Pictures from the Big Sky Country of Montana and the Buckeye State of Ohio will be posted from time to time. Unless noted, any photos used on the site have been taken by yours truly (I enjoy sharing some of my photography here).
An Archives tab has been added so that it is easy to find some of my earlier poems.
Today, I am pausing once again to reflect upon my writing journey. While I have developed a routine to my writing, I am still working to always refine my craft, just as I did when I was teaching in the classroom for 40 years.
- Create a writing atmosphere. Find a time to write that is “your” time. For me, my best creative moments are early in the morning (yes, I am a morning person). I feel comfortable and free to write with quietness and coffee before the sun comes up.
- There are times when we feel empty about what to write. Read, read, and read! My mind sometimes discovers a thought or an idea after reading from a newspaper, magazine, book, or something else. Even a film or television show may send you a thought to write about.
- Keep your batteries recharged. Do something that you truly enjoy—but away from writing. We all need a break in order to maintain some sort of balance in our lives.
- Sometimes, try new things in your writing. Tap into your inner self. I started out with basic poetry, which is still my favorite place to be, but I’ve challenged myself to write pieces outside of my comfort zone. Experiment, be a risk taker!
- You are unique. Develop and craft your individual style of writing.
To read the first installment of the “Writer’s Notebook,” go to Notebook.
Today, I am pausing to reflect on my writing journey. Perhaps it is the teacher in me that wants to share these thoughts. I am definitely a “rookie” when it comes to writing, but I feel energized each day with my writing, which never seems to be a chore.
These points are written in no particular order. Just call them ramblings of a curious writer, who is enjoying his retirement while finding a new passion to fill some of his time.
- Find a way to discover your inspiration to write. For me, my morning walks seem to create a whirl of new ideas and interesting thoughts.
- Establish a habit of writing frequently. Many accomplished writers have said this in what I have read. From my days of teaching fundamentals as a basketball coach, I understand and appreciate the use of repetition, repetition, repetition. Now translated into write, write, write.
- Don’t worry about perfection. Your first draft is an excellent beginning, but you should never fuss about what an initial start looks like.
- Appreciate any feedback that you receive about your writing. Draw encouragement from others who may follow, comment, or like your creation.
- Perhaps this point should be at the top of the list. Enjoy what you do. Have FUN!!