Do you enjoy writing or reading poetry? Most of the posts on Big Sky Buckeye are poetry, but I also share short stories, photography, and a few surprises along the way. You are invited to sit a spell and find something that you like. I enjoy sharing my curiosity through my writing. You are welcome to like, comment, follow, share, or reblog a post.
God’s peace to all of you on this day, the third Sunday in Advent. One of my guiding words for this past year has been faith, and God has led me to write more and more Christian poetry as a way to witness to others. Today’s poem is a slight variation to the usual sonnet style, but the message is clear . . . God’s Word and Spirit are with all of us. Reach out and feel the light of His hand in “Lonely Road.”
In addition to my writing, view another journal entry posted on December 15 in From My Journal. While Big Sky Buckeye enjoys writing poetry and short stories, much of his journal writing is inspired from reading and commenting on other blogger’s posts.
You are encouraged to read a quote updated on December 15 from the words of missionary and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Mother Teresa. Her words remind us of the power of a smile as well as sharing our gifts with the less fortunate.
Many of you enjoy photography (either your own or someone else’s). I frequently use photographs from a pair of metro parks located a short drive from my home. A beautiful and tranquil fall setting awaits. Check out the new photograph added on December 10 in the Photo Gallery.
Here’s my Baker’s Dozen, featuring 13 of my recent writings from the past couple of weeks. Each post is linked to take you right to its location. Other poems and writings can be found in the archives. Enjoy!
This post is a continuation of an earlier article that was entitled “A Blogger’s Notebook.” In case you missed it, here is a link for it: “Blogger’s Notebook.”
Any creative journey will teach you patience and humility. At the same time, you will witness growth in your blogging experience. As you continue to improve your craft, your readers will take note of the growth. Here is a reflection that was written in my journal several weeks ago.
A new writer needs to write and continue to write without worry. Allow your goals to promise less, and you just might deliver more.
I am beginning my seventh month here on WordPress. Here are some thoughts of my experience. Perhaps you can find something here to hang your hat on as well. You are invited to comment with any thoughts, and your words will invite a prompt response as well.
Here are a few observations that come to mind from reading other blogs and evaluating my own time on WordPress. How would you answer these short questions?
- What is your blog’s purpose? Is your passion reflected in what you post? Poetry remains Big Sky Buckeye’s primary place to write. However, even there can be opportunities to experiment and try new ways of writing a poem as well as occasionally posting a different type of writing (short story, travel feature, book review).
- How often do you plan to post? Do you have a definite schedule in mind? Big Sky Buckeye generally posts every other day, so by week’s end there are at least 4-5 quality posts on this blog.
- Do you write every day? Are you carving out time to make your blog as successful as possible? Try to do some type of writing or other blog-related activity nearly every day. Whether it is writing a poem, crafting a draft for a longer post, creating artwork to publish, recording thoughts in a journal, or taking photographs to share, you will feel more fulfilled when you are writing and creating something.
- Are you reaching out to other bloggers with thoughtful comments? One of the most rewarding experiences that you can have is to become engaged with other bloggers. There is a mountain of wonderful writing and sharing here on WordPress. If you need help with your blog, search topics such as “blogging” or “art of blogging.”
Personally, I feel growth in my writing. I am sometimes amazed at how far my writing has matured. Secretly, someday I would welcome an opportunity to publish an anthology of my poems and short stories. This will be for another day!
Here is one tip that I will try with a future short story post: posting a part of the story over a series of posts. People may feel more inclined to read a portion instead of the entire story.
In the meantime, you are invited to send me any thoughts that you wish to share. An amazing part of maintaining a blog is staying in contact with other readers who are writing, sharing other information, and enjoying the experience here.
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!!