MFRW 52-Week Blog – Reading, Writing or Living?
I haven’t been a writer my entire life. As a matter of fact, I used to H*A*T*E writing—thanks to my terrible penmanship and a list of drill sergeant teachers who just couldn’t get that the chicken scratch in front of them was the best they were going to get out of me.
Once I took my first keyboarding class in high school, I never looked at a pen the same way. I avoided them in favor of the musical clicking that lulls so many of us into sharing our thoughts, ideas, and stories.
Eventually, a real love for writing followed. Now, I can not quite imagine my life without being able to write.
The same goes for books, but unlike writing, I was able to develop a love for reading at an early age. I majored in literature in college, and my master’s thesis focuses on literature.
While in grad school, I started using my literary criticism skills to review books. I also became a contributor to my college’s student newsletter, which extended into a freelance gig with other online media, and I just published (indie, of course, duh) my first novel.
So much of my life is spent reading (entertainment, to my kids, to review, etc.) and writing (articles, short stories, books, and so on) that I can’t imagine compartmentalizing any of the three. I kind of glide along a continuum, where I may be doing one more than the other, but all are still there.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you exhibit A.
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I hear you on the penmanship! I’ve never had good handwriting; sometimes I can’t even read it myself! I fell in love with my 1st electric typewriter, then later the computer keyboard. It’s taken me longer to get used to my phone keypad; I still type with one finger, and when a conversations goes longer than three or four texts, I give up and call them, ha ha!
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Oh, no! You gotta use the thumbs. I write parts of my manuscript in my phone when I’m stuck away from my computer. Of course, autocorrect is a pain. Lol
Nice video. From the moment I learned how to type, a whole new world opened up to me. Then the computer put me on cloud nine. My penmanship was much better before those tools. I still like to write, or scratch, out parts of my story on occasion.