dropping the ball

Somewhere along the line, I dropped the ball. I had built up a pretty good momentum. I was writing every day. I was enjoying it. I was thriving on the creative moment I got to experience each day. I was looking forward to the time I allowed myself to write…

on not writing

I have not written anything in days. My mind is racing, eager to write but prevented by my own stubbornness. Why? My calendar is packed, as we have two family birthdays and Christmas celebrations in the next seven days. It doesn't take much time to write, but it does take…

day seven: showing up with nothing to say

I've been writing on other topics recently--Advent mostly--as part of my daily writing. Yesterday (a Wednesday) was the first day I had missed since beginning my exercise to write everyday, and quite honestly, I truly missed it in the sense of feeling its absence as part of my day. That's…

day six: looking forward

After almost a week of consistent writing, I'm to the point where I look forward to this time each day. Being a holiday week with strange work hours, travel, and an anything-but-ordinary routine, I haven't established a set time of day to write; however, I have managed to make time…

day five: a writer's tools

Using the "right tools for the job" is one of the basic maxims for any sort of work. As a young boy growing up on the homestead of an old Indiana farm, my grandfather and father both taught me the necessity of using the proper tools for whatever job we…

day four: clicking 'publish'

Hitting publish can be one of the most terrifying things for a writer to do. As our mouse pointer hovers over that single word, the thoughts begin racing: - Will anyone read it? - Will anyone like it? - Will anyone comment? - Will it go viral? We are tempted…

day three: momentum

So, as I pointed out yesterday, writing daily isn't a habit for me yet, but I'm gaining momentum. Starting a new habit is an exercise in physics. As Sir Issac pointed out: An object that is at rest will stay at rest unless an external force acts upon it. While…

day two: not a habit yet

Today marks day two of my endeavor to write at least 300 words a day. I can't exactly call it a habit yet, but I hope that I'm well on my way. I honestly look forward to this opportunity to put my thoughts down on 'paper,' even though no…

on writing daily

Writing daily is never something I have been a habit I've managed to cultivate. Over and over I read about how building such a habit is transformational for one's writing style and abilities. One doesn't necessarily have to publish every day, but one needs to write. sit down write / bleed…

new writing endeavors

  I haven't given up blogging for Lent, but my blogging will be slowing down for the next six months as I begin my current master's thesis.  I will be researching and writing a Just War tradition (JWT) evaluation on the United States' use of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA or…