Friday, July 22, 2011

The written word...

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Writing is something I have always wanted to do better.  In fact, sometimes the fact that I want my writing to be better actually prevents me from writing.  Ironic, since the best way to improve your writing is by simply writing more.  Every now and then I resolve to write more…on my blog or in a journal or on the computer.  Then I get busy or unsatisfied with what I have written (or both) and I lose whatever minuscule momentum I had.

So this time I kicked it up a notch.  I moved from thinking about improving my writing to actually reading web-based articles about how to improve my writing.  Lo and behold they all said to WRITE MORE! 

But a little gem of information was sparkling in a corner of one of the articles I read:  Download a program/app that lets you write in full screen with no cluttered menu bars or formatting rulers.  Now THAT sounds like a good idea.  I always love the idea of writing in a nice journal…with an appealing cover and crisp, white pages.  But writing is harder for me now due to my pesky carpal tunnel syndrome and typing is much easier.  After all, nothing deters you from writing more than your fingers and hand going numb!

So now I have a “journal,” courtesy of WriteRoom, on  my trusty Mac.  It does not satisfy my love of all things paper and does not have that wonderful tactile feedback of feeling the ink flow out of a pen and lie beautifully on the page.  But it does have the ability to use fun fonts that fit my mood as well as whatever color may speak to my soul at the time.  It’s not perfect but maybe it might provide that  bit of momentum that I need.

2 comments:

  1. That's awesome! I really want to get on a writing schedule, but with our own schedule so haywire these days, I'm afraid it won't happen for a while. But I do think we should also both invest in a journal to carry with us so we can write at least thoughts down as they come to us.

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  2. Its funny..I have always been a paper journal writer...until I started blogging! NOW I cannot imagine writing anywhere else..even the ones I cannot publish..I type..just the words make me feel better!

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