This is my third attempt at posting here today. I figured, since I have PCA interviews throughout tomorrow, and may possibly steal away into Boston Wednesday, that I should take advantage of having both time and energy right now. Sadly, most of the topics in my mental file drawer require even more time and energy than I have.
So, in a way, right now I'm writing for the sake of writing. Which, although not serving a greater purpose of enlightening, informing or entertaining my readers, might not be entirely bad. At least I'm practicing the craft of taming thoughts into words, words into sentences and sentences into paragraphs, keeping my writing abilities nimble in preparation for times when I tackle more substantive subject matter.
After I graduated from college, a great frustration I felt was that I'd gained the tools to write well, but I had nothing to write about. Now, 35 years later, I indeed have much to say. And I'm learning new things. But often, I fail to capture my thoughts and life experiences in the "clear, cogent prose" befitting of graduates from Dominican University of California. As I write, all too frequently I stumble awkwardly about the keyboard, trying to wrap the points I desire to convey successfully in language that's both functional and artful. It's not enough to state my points; I must state them well.
To state my points well, it necessarily follows, I must write in a manner that engages my readers. Not too flowery, lest my infatuation with vocabulary, syntax and imagery actually overpower my message. But neither should my writing be lackluster. And, because I value my subject matter, I desire writing skills that present my thoughts both understandably and in ways that hold my readers' attention. Consequently, sessions (like this one) of writing solely for the purpose of exploring what I can do with words gives me exercise, preparing me to blog about things that matter to me.