Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!



Since this is a first blog entry (first ever!) seems extra-special, it seems like I should kick things off with a snazzy beginning, something bold and original. But I don’t really want to begin that way. Writing this blog will be no different from how I write anything else. It starts quietly, with me staring at the empty page or the blank screen.

After today the holidays are officially over. I really love having people staying at our house, but there’s a downside, too. I don’t write! For a few days I can live with that, but when I go for a string of days without writing, well, I start getting moody. A few days more and I get downright cranky.

I enjoy writing, but it’s more than that. I need to write.

A few times a week I’ll share my process as a writer on this blog. You’ll see what I’m up to: drafting, revising, dreaming, rereading, talking to one of my editors, or maybe just daydreaming about my next project.

If you ask ten different writers how they work, you’ll likely hear ten different ways of writing. But there are some commonalities. For one thing, most writers keep some kind of notebook to record ideas. And for another, everybody needs a place to write. Here’s my desk, the sacred place where I try to brew up a stew of magical words, stories, poems….



23 comments:

  1. Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! For years I have been wishing that you would blog! And now you are! Hurray!

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  2. Love your desk. The items on the left seem special - that they might have a purpose which inspires. Perfect spot to write.

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  3. WOW!!! Thanks so much for doing this! You don't know how much of an asset this is to my writing. Oh, and LOVE the desk!! Thanks again!

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  4. I can tell from your desk that you don't have ADHD! (Or if you do, what's your secret?) I look forward to reading your processes.

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  5. As expressed above, I love your decision to blog as well, Ralph. While I believe that your blog will certainly have a positive effect on your followers, I wonder how maintaining it will impact you and your usual writing habits. I also wonder if your desk always looks like that. This is not a challenge so much as a curiosity of how your desk compares with those shared in Jill Krementz's wonderful look inside the intimate world of writers - Writer's Desk. You can update your Long Island fans when you visit us at the Sherwood Center in Holtsville, NY on Saturday, April 6th. In the meantime, I look forward to reading about this change in your life here . . . on your blog. With hopeful, peaceful thoughts. David

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  6. I'm happy you're starting this blog! Your desk seems perfect for writing. Maybe you'll inspire me to write more this year. I look forward to reading your posts.

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  7. I have been secretly hoping you would start a blog someday. Your book, WHAT A WRITER NEEDS, changed my life as a teacher and a writer.

    Welcome to the blogoverse!

    Shelley

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  8. Blogging has become the online annex of my writer's notebook. Do you see it in a similar light?

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    1. That's a fascinating idea, Brian! Let me think on that....

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  9. Welcome to the blogging world! Your writing has inspired me as a teacher and writer. I'll be anxious to share your blog with my students. Plus, your writing space gives me hope for the creation of my own space, once my kids all head back to college. :)

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  10. Yea! Welcome to making the process and your daily writing/thinking more visible to fans. I love you have windows near your writing desk, natural light and maybe inspiration.

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  11. Welcome to the blogging world! I just entered this magical and intimidating world myself.
    1. Love your background.
    2. Your desk is much tidier than mine.
    3. What is your drink of choice when writing?

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    1. Tidy? Yes (but doing this blog motivated me to clean it up!)

      Beverage? Coffee or, in the afternoon, tea.

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  12. This is so perfectly timed! I'm writing my first novel now and need all the advice I can get. :) I just finished reading the War of Art and that really whipped me into shape to treat writing like a job. (Well, my job after I get home from my job of teaching.) I can hardly wait to read your posts!

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  13. I'm so glad you're writing this blog and look forward to reading you regularly. I am also impressed by your very tidy desk. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  14. Thanks for all these comments. As for the tidy desk, well, I'll try to keep it tidy!

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  15. I really like the thought about how a writing life is different for every writer. I've been thinking about this quite a bit this year, especially about the message we're sending young writers. Teachers talk about teaching the writing process, but maybe the talk is more about finding your process as a writer? Thank you for this blog - as teachers, we feel comfortable reading a lot but don't feel that same comfort with writing. May your blog inspire us to jump in!

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  16. I am so excited about your blog! I'm interested in seeing how it develops. I am also wondering if blogging gives you some ideas or insite as to how we can effectively use technology to motivate and inspire our young writers.

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  17. This is wonderful. Thank you! I am a first grade teacher who just finished a Masters specializing in language education (literacy) and reading...at the age of 57! I love teaching writing via workshop and therefore know the importance of writing myself. Yet I have done little since any spare time I have has been taken up with coursework requirements. I look forward to working in a notebook again, as well as on a couple of blogs I started quite awhile back. I also maintain a blog for the parents of my students. I won't comment a lot because I know you will have many comments and I also know reading through them all can be burdensome..but I will be reading and learning!

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  18. Thank you Ralph. I always enjoy your stories and you're an inspiration to so many of us who may be suppressing that inner writer.

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  19. Great desk! I wish mine were that neat. (My desk is an l-shape and I'm too embarrassed to share what the long part of the L looks like! That being said, I just got a keyboard tray, https://twitter.com/raisealithuman/status/288010127657820161/photo/1, and am trying to figure out what to do with all of the extra space.)

    Will be linking to your new blog in our blogroll momentarily.

    -Stacey

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