Thursday, January 21, 2010

Okay, New Strategy

My friend Anne's excellent blog, Caffeinated Bliss , has this quote in the header: "“If the desire to write is not accompanied by actual writing, then the desire must be not to write.” H. Prathar."

Now, this quote has been bothering me ever since I noticed it a few days ago. I'll be honest: It's been bugging the heck out of me!

'The desire must be not to write'? What the hell?

I've been thinking, with some heat, "Hey H. what the heck do you know, dammit?" . I want to write! I have such a burning desire to write that it is almost the only thing I think about! Day in and day out as I go about my motherly business and my wifely business and my neighborly business my mind is running a constant reel of ideas, commentary, imaginary people doing imaginary things, conquering injustice, saving the world, or simply figuring out what makes humanity tick. My Walter Mittyism is profound and constant.

Today, I've pulled out the quote again and taken a long, hard look--- "...the desire must be not to write." Hmm. I've been saying for years that the desire is there, I've been writing in my head for virtually my whole life--yet I haven't any real thing to show for it at all.

Damn you, H!  What do you know?

Yet, it comes back to haunt me..."..the desire must not be to write...".

Ugh.   Maybe it is true. Maybe the truth is that

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  1. I get Nifty. Trust me. Sometimes I feel like I have so much rattling around in my head that I just can't figure out how to start. It's overwhelming. Anyway, hang in there! I'm looking forward to reading ... and I don't get easily offended by anything!

  2. Hmmm - I would hazard a guess that Hugh Prather has time and opportunity??? I'm sure he has to make choices with his time too, but perhaps they are of the "I have a bit of free time -- do I put pen to paper, do I watch the playoffs, or do I have a nice long read while sitting on the pot?" variety. I sure as hell find the conclusion "... the desire must not be to write," provocative, to say the least. Maybe I'm being self-delusional, Renée, but I would rather argue that if I had the time, I would be writing! At least, that's what I want to think...