Blogging for me has been like journaling — at least that’s what I told you a couple of days ago.  But here is the truth, I don’t journal.  Never have.  Oh, except for a couple of days when I was 13 and then two or three more when I was 17 — both incidents involved a boy — yes yes – dumping me.

And that’s the point of today’s journal . . . I mean blog!  If you are a writer or someone who wants to write you must free yourself of all the expectations and stereotypes of what it means to be a writer. Take it from me.  I don’t journal. I didn’t major in English. I have never attended a writing workshop.  I don’t wear black turtlenecks and smoke cigarettes.  And I have never written a short story.  Ok, that I want to try.

This is not to say that I haven’t prepared myself for the life of a novelist though. I have worked for newspapers since my freshman year in college and have written professionally most of my adult life.  And I have watched my world very, very carefully.

But the point is this — writing is about just that — writing — there is no one way to tell your story.  You only need to find the way that works for you and then, as I’ve said before and will say again, put your butt in the chair!

Posted January 14, 2010 at 7:37 pm · 3 comments · Leave a Comment


  1. Leisa Hammett, January 15th, 2010, 10:47 pm

    Tweeted & Facebooked this in Nashville Women Who Blog Group. Did I say thanks 4 coming to my book signing Tuesday! It was great to see you there on the front row. You gave me further inspiration. This time fiction!
  2. Janie Watts, January 16th, 2010, 7:59 am

    Hi, Susan, Keep posting us reminders on facebook about your blog. I really enjoyed this post, 1-14-10, and found it most encouraging to hear what you say about writing. And you know I love your being the atypical writer--especially since you some from a J-background, and don't follow the usual path. That is so refreshing! Thank you for sharing. Meanwhile, I am looking for some glue that will hold my derriere to the chair, but not chafe.
  3. Amy Halleran, January 16th, 2010, 11:04 am

    Found my way here from Leisa Hammett. Thanks! I needed to here this.

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