Why I Write (Part 1)

I love to read.  I wish my commute to and from work was shorter, but the hour each way gives me time to read.  I read books, essays, and a few blogs.  I started this blog, because I thought I would appreciate good writing more if I wrote.

I had wanted to write for a while, but I didn’t know what to write about.  When I decided to have hip resurfacing surgery, I found a topic, and The Hipping Post was born.  My intuition was correct.  I’ll never write like Cormac McCarthy or Ernest Hemingway, but now that I have tried writing (in my own small way), I have more respect for talented writers.

I also started this blog, because I knew it would be challenging.  Tim Ferriss, the author of The 4-Hour Workweek has a plaque on his desk that reads, “Do one thing everyday that scares you.”  I was nervous about starting a blog and sharing my thoughts with the world.  Writing doesn’t scare me anymore, but it’s hard.  Sometimes the words flow, but usually I struggle through drafts before I publish a post.

When I first started, I was trying to be too clever.  Fortunately, Stacie reminded me to, “Just be yourself.  Write like you talk.”  I’m still finding my voice, but at least I no longer attempt to channel David Foster WallaceZadie Smith described DFW as having no “equal among living writers.  He was an actual genius.”  I love his writing, but few are that good, and I am not one of them.

I could write a diary instead of a blog, but if I am going to write, I want to do it publicly.  I figure fellow hip resurfacing patients might learn something from my experiences.  I also want to hear what people think of my writing.  In his book, On Writing, Stephen King states that writers are “needy.”  I don’t think I’m needy, but I like receiving comments from friends about how they enjoyed a particular post.  Who doesn’t like receiving a gold star now and again?

I also want to be open to criticism.  I take writing seriously, and the only way to improve is by trying hard and by making mistakes.  I figured a few friends would be honest and give me critical feedback.

Last week, someone was honest.  I’ll address his comments in my next post.

One response to “Why I Write (Part 1)

  1. Elena Mendelson

    Here is a “gold star” that you undoubtedly deserve. I will definitely follow your journey as I too am very interested in writing and language in general, but never got to take it to the next level (or any level for that matter).
    Looking forward to your next post!

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