Some days I sit down to my keyboard and I don’t know what to write. I wonder if I will ever write again. Will I have anything useful to say? Will the ideas keep coming? Will they suddenly stop and I will never write another post again?
Some days I don’t know where I’m headed. How I got here. What happened? Am I headed in the right direction? How will I know if I “get there?”
Some days I wonder if I have a dream. Is it too late to reach it? Should I just throw my hands up and quit?
Some days I wonder what His will is. Am I in it? Is this really it? What about tomorrow and next year? What will His will be then?
Some days. We all have them. Usually we say something to the effect of “I’m having one of those days.” Those days are some days. Thankfully they aren’t every day. If every day was a some day or one of those days, then we might give up and lose heart. So, every day most days are not some days or those days.
No, fortunately some days and those days and every day will end. We have a Hope if we know Christ. A blessed Hope. Why? Because Some Day, He will return. What I have written about all these years will be here. I will be where I am headed. My ultimate dream will be realized. His will, will be done.
Do you ever experience some days?
My friend, Jim Woods, has told me before that he was amazed that I can publish a blog post every day. It’s really not that hard, but it doesn’t really happen the way I wish it did.
If I had my druthers, I would get up every day and go for a run. I would come back, take a shower and drink some Diet Mountain Dew. Then I would go to my special writing place and knock out a couple of blog posts. I would schedule them and then write some other stuff for the remainder of the day.
That’s not how it happens.
Below you will see a picture I took at work. It is a list of blog ideas that I had one day at work. I was really focused on some work I had to do that day and suddenly the gates opened. Idea after idea after idea flowed. I started scribbling those ideas on this sheet of paper.
After that, I would kind of look at them and mull them over in my mind. I got rough ideas for what direction I wanted to go with each one. Then I just kind of sat down and wrote some.
Nothing special or magical. I just wrote.
A few of them came out completely different from what I originally intended. Some of them tend to take on a life of their own and they tell me how to write them. It’s an interesting process.
That’s how I work.
Oh yeah. I prayed. I asked the Lord to give me the words and use me. I pray He does.
If you are a blogger, how do you work?
I’ve had a rough time lately.
For a while, I had so many ideas that I couldn’t keep up with them. I had a stockpile. I was days ahead. I had posts scheduled day in advance.
Then it happened.
The ideas stopped coming so easily. The flow slowed down to a trickle.
I ran into what my friend Joe Lalonde called a roadblock. I fell on my backside. I didn’t know what hit me.
I was scared.
I wondered if I would ever have another idea.
I thought I was done.
Then, today, the ideas came back. The floodgates opened. I suddenly had my mojo back.
That happens to all of us. It doesn’t matter what business you’re in. It doesn’t matter what your vocation or avocation is. You will run into a roadblock. Or a writer’s block.
What do you do?
Quit stressing about it.
Look for another direction.
Choose another course.
Ask the Lord.
The ideas will return.
I lost my mojo.
Now it’s back.
Have you ever lost your mojo? What did you do to get it back?
Deuceology is my third blog. The first two are distant memories.
When I first began blogging, I thought that I had to write everything I could think of on every subject I wrote about. 800 word tomes were short pieces.
You don’t have time to read 800 words from a blog. I don’t have time to write them. We both have other dreams to pursue.
The posts I write now have progressively become shorter and shorter. This is not because I have less to say. No, it is really because I have more.
I want you to read it.
I don’t want to take too much of your time. Just enough of it.
More or less, less is more.
I have become minimal in the hope to maximize what I have to say.
How about you? Do you think less is more?
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It’s Twitterific Thursday. 14o words or less about some subject. Today it’s about ideas, blogging and leftovers.
People come up to me all of the time and say to me, “Larry the Deuce, where do you get your blogging ideas.” Ok, that might be a stretch. Maybe one person has asked me where I get my ideas. Today ideas is what I want to talk about.
As you know by now, I blog every day. So where do the ideas come from? I might as well reply wherever I go and whatever I do. Literally everything can become an idea.
I actually have so many ideas that I can’t really write them all. I currently have a backlog. So, you will see a new feature coming soon on the Deuceology blog. Every month or so I will run a Leftovers post full of ideas that didn’t make it into a solo post.
Thanks for reading.
Yesterday I wrote about making your dream a habit. I read this quote from Zig Ziglar recently, “Motivation gets you going, but habit gets you there.” That is when I realized that I had already begun my new habit and that making this a daily habit was what it takes to achieve my dream. Today, I want to share with you what my new habit it.
My new habit is to blog daily. I write something every day. If you have been reading Deuceology you have seen the results, but you may not have realized that this is a relatively new adventure for me. You see, I’m going to share my dream with you. I want to be a writer. What I mean by that is that I want to be an honest to goodness published author. I want to write a book. So I started blogging a few years ago with a blog called Odd and Sundry. If you follow that link, you will seek one of the most amateurish blogs imaginable. I would write sporadically. I would write a couple of posts on the weekends and that would be it. I would write for a few weeks and then I might not write again for a couple of months.
Then I created a new blog called The Confessions of St. Larry The Deuce. I was a little more consistent, but only occasionally would I blog daily. Only occasionally was I anywhere near making my dream a habit.
Now I have created the blog you are reading now. Deuceology. I have been writing this for daily for almost a month now. They day that it takes about twenty-one days to create a habit. I can testify. The more I make this a daily habit, the more ideas that come to my mind. The more I make this a daily habit, the more I see that my dream may become a reality.
Before I go, let me make sure you know what my dream is. I want to write a book. I have had tons of ideas this week. None of it is groundbreaking. It’s just an idea for something that I want to share. It’s just my dream.
I want to thank you that read Deuceology for joining me in this journey. I look forward to sharing with you my progress and trying out many of the ideas I have. In a sense, this is the testing ground for what I want to write.
What is your dream? What do you need to make a daily habit to achieve it?
Every two weeks, like clockwork, my wife gives me a haircut. As a matter of fact, I will be getting my hairs cut this weekend. Depending on which side of a full moon the haircut takes place, there is more hair or less. Once I had a dream that I went to get my haircut in a barber shop. Sitting there were several writers whose work I admire.
Stephen King was there. We talked about The Stand. I told him that I read his book on writing and that it was an inspiration.
John Grisham was there. I told him that I really liked The Testament and told him how this novel had an impact on my life once upon a time.
Ann Lamott is there. I’m not sure why she’s there since she has dreads and she’s a lady. Most barber shops that I go to are men only. In fact, women weren’t allowed in barbershops not too long ago, just like men should never be allowed in beauty shops.
Stephen Lawhead is there. I’m not sure why he’s come all the way from England to get a haircut. We talk about the Pendragon Cycle, the King Raven series and the Endless Knot series.
There are some other writers sitting around. After a while, they look at me and say, “What have you written?”
Now some might be intimidated by such heavy hitters asking that question. Not me. I’m secure in my little musings and ramblings. I have no fear in answering them. I’m proud of what I do.
I’m a blogger.