Re: Style

“The most durable thing in writing is style. It is a projection of personality and you have to have a personality before you can project it. It is the product of emotion and perception.”

Raymond Chandler

It is a large part of my nature to doubt myself and my abilities. One of the things that often bugs me as I write is where I am going with all this. I don’t mean in terms of success, I count the fact that I have returned to writing at all as a measure of some success on my part. I refer to whether or not what I write actually suits me, am I being clear about how I want what I write to be received and interpreted. I look back over some of my more recent post, especially my few entries of fiction and I do see some sense of voice there.

There are also times where I look at certain pieces I have done and can conclude that they have all the personality of a dog turd. In most of those cases it is obvious to me that I was writing just to have something to publish, and not because I had something I needed to share.

Have you ever shared something when you knew it wasn’t ready or wasn’t your best work? Does it still seem like something you would’ve produced if content ever takes a back seat to output?

RE: Tenacity

“Now remember, when things look bad and it looks like you’re not gonna make it, then you gotta get mean. I mean plumb, mad-dog mean. ‘Cause if you lose your head and you give up then you neither live nor win. That’s just the way it is.”

-Josey Wales, The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)

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It seems like sound advice even if you aren’t preparing for a siege in a small cabin.

This has been running through my mind lately. It seems applies equally to maintaining my sobriety, getting on the bicycle some days (especially after not being on it for a few), and that sickening, self-doubt I feel right before I publish something on my blog; or any number of activities that give me reason to pause.

Image The Outlaw Josey Wales by stick-man-11 CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

Please, feel free to share your thoughts on tenacity or something you struggle with in the comments or with a pingback.

A Brief Overview of Politics

“I believe you find life such a problem because you think there are the good people and the bad people. You’re wrong, of course. There are, always and only, the bad people, but some of them are on opposite sides.”

Havelock Vetinari, Patrician of Ankh-Morpork

From the novel Guards, Guards by, Terry Pratchett