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….
Posted by Ralph Fletcher at 10:44 AM