I’ve been grossly neglecting my blog lately. Some of that has to do with revisiting the content of my postings and discovering that maybe I don’t want to share everything with the unknown universe. I’ve been considering what I post a lot more closely now before I write anything. The written word is dangerous and powerful and previously I’ve tossed it around like confetti without realizing that each letter was as deadly as a throwing knife.
So, for awhile now, I’ve taken to written writing. That phrase just sounds like a paradox of things, but I do find pen and ink soothing.
In yesterdays, I may have found that writing suitable to share with you, dear reader, but no more. Some things are better kept to the self. It’s definitely damaged my writing, however. Long handed inking takes time and patience that I do not generally have. The result of all this is that I’ve not been so mindful about writing at all.
As an aspiring novelist, that has set my career back God only knows how much time. I’ve decided that I won’t lose precious moments like that anymore. Despite the pain in my wrist and an unsettling case of writer’s block.
I’ve decided to try something new. I’m calling it my “letter a day campaign” and my hope is that it’ll bring back my muse as well as provide some much needed self-reflection.
The art of handwritten letters died out so long ago. It’s been replaced by e-mail and text messaging; things so impersonal, but also so convenient that we’ve forgotten what it’s like to exchange letters. The anticipation of knowing that you’ve dropped your deepest thoughts off into the post box for another to read and respond is incomparable to the moments spent waiting for an e-mail that doesn’t take the consideration or thought of written word.
Some of this doesn’t apply to my campaign. The purpose of the “letter a day campaign” isn’t to write letters to others, though I hope to branch out into that. The first … phase … for lack of better terminology, is to write myself a letter every day and seal it. I’ll open it a year to the date later. It’s about self-reflection and understanding.
365 letters. The campaign begins today.