I have been racking my brain for the last year trying to figure out precisely what I will write about. Most of the time, it flows from my brain to my fingers effortlessly after a while, but it’s the getting started that’s the tough stuff. That is probably why I don’t write as much as I’d like to–without clear direction or plan, I feel paralyzed. I’m this way with most things in my life. I have never been a “fly by the seat of my pants” type of gal.
New Year’s Resolutions really only ever serve the purpose of giving me direction to move forward into the new year, but rarely do I stick to them for the majority of the year. Resolutions and goal-setting have always resembled more a jumping off point that leads to additional jumping-off points. Seldom does my goal at the beginning of the journey look exactly like the end result (assuming there is an end result).
So instead of waiting until the new year to develop and begin a “resolution,” I’m going to make a plan today that will help provide much writing inspiration for future blog posts and maybe even for (in the very distant future) a book or two. This idea of mine is really rather revolutionary, actually. Are you ready for this game-changer?
I’m going to…
Wait for it…
READ MORE and WRITE about what I read.
I know, I know. It’s almost too much to process all at once. It is mind-blowing.
Okay, so I’ll drop the sarcasm. My husband might say, “Other than care for the children and the house and watch some TV shows, when aren’t you reading (or looking at your phone)?” It’s true. I am usually reading. Often in a book. Sometimes in a magazine. Frequently on my iphone, computer, or kindle. Reading more may not exactly seem a revolutionary or even a new one. I suppose it isn’t. I suppose this is an oft recited goal or resolution for many. I believe that it was, at one time, one of my resolutions–or part of one. The point of this, however, is to give this blog some clear direction and inspire me.
I am not speaking strictly of book reviews, although, I am sure I will reflect after particularly poignant literary explorations. I won’t wait to post until the end of whatever book (books, is more like it, I am never just reading one book at a time) I am reading. I will write when something I have read–whatever it is–has struck a particular chord with me.
Since my memory is terrible these days, I have determined that I’m going to need to begin a book journal so that I can keep track of what I’m reading and the things that strike me. I’m going to always have a notebook available whenever I am reading or reflecting, so that I can jot down thoughts to use as potential catalysts to what I hope will be blog posts of interest to a broader audience than myself.
I suspect that most of these books will involve some degree of theology and spiritual exploration. This is, after all, the area where I will be a professional and one of my passions in life. Since, however, my interests do also tend toward popular culture, I will continue to read and write about popular topics and may discuss the trials and joys of being a mom to two boys, one with autism.
In the next month, along with starting on this journey, I plan to create a “to-read” list. I’m going to make it flexible and public. I will announce when I am reading a particular book and invite you to follow along. This will be an Over-Dramatically Stated Book Club of sorts, I suppose, and you are welcome to join me!
I’ll begin working on my book-list today and post a working-list within the week.