Hello. My name is Todd Ramsey and I’m a writer.

Todd

I’m a writer.

I’m going to write a book. This book may never grace the shelves of my local (or any) Barnes & Noble. This book may never be read by anyone aside from my wife, mom and my great-grandchildren when they’re going through my storage shed.

But it will be written.

Because, you see, I’m a writer.

But here’s the rub: Writing takes time. It takes work. It takes a desire to roll up one’s sleeves and put in the energy necessary to push through the blocks, lack of creativity and the feeling of empty-brain.

But I’m a writer. I will do work. I will write, even when I don’t feel like it. Even when what I’m writing feels stupid, pointless or like the trash that lines the bottom of a McDonald’s dumpster – I will write.

What am I going to write? Who knows. I only know that my creation will be a work of fiction, perhaps targeted toward a younger generation. The book is still swimming around in my brain with small glimpses of plot, characters and settings bobbing to the surface, just out of reach and probably too slippery to even try to grasp. But they’re there, serving both as constant reminders of the work I have to do and the creative fuel I need to do it.

So, here we go. The adventure beings.

I am a writer.

Happy Friday.

2 Comments

  1. August 9, 2007 at 2:14 pm — Reply

    This is eerily close to my thoughts over the past month. Eerily close, minus the Happy Friday part.

  2. August 9, 2007 at 2:40 pm — Reply

    Well I’ve been writing musings, mostly in my journal and on my blog, for the past few years but recently have realized the power and subversiveness of fiction; I would love to write a good story about some of the deeper things in life, but somehow indirectly. It’s still a very blurry picture in my head right now.

    Your thoughts here resonate because almost everything I’ve read from good writers is that you just have to do write even when you don’t feel like it.

    I’m not sure yet if I’ve been given the gift of writing, but there’s no way to find out unless I try, right? I remember reading that one year Jack London sent in something like 270 manuscripts and got 260 rejection slips. JK Rowling’s Harry Potter book was originally rejected by something like 10 publishers. She nearly gave up until she got a break, and now 350 million people around the world are reading her story.

    Anyway, sorry for the long comment. Have you started on your story yet?

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Hello. My name is Todd Ramsey and I’m a writer.