My Story

sepia2signedThanks for stopping by. I was initially very apprehensive about putting my life out there for everyone to ready but I am finding out that the drama in my life is a “C” effort at best in comparison to some of the academy award performances we see everyday on Facebook and Twitter. As insane as you may believe that your life has been, there is always someone out there with a crazier story. I decided to go with a blog on the advice of a couple of experienced writers that I am acquainted with, both of whom have been blessed with considerable success in their writing careers.  The idea was to sort of stimulate my creative writing skills since my efforts have been hit and miss for so many years. There are a lot of thirty page novels and short starts in my writing portfolio and I am hoping to overcome that block, as it seems to manifest itself at the same mile marker in the road just about every time. Another opportunity that the blog gives me is probably the most important one, and that is to share my own life experiences and those of others to hopefully offer a different perspective, enlightenment or maybe just a comforting thought. If you would like to share your own story, poem, article or just an opinion…I would love to hear from you! Ken

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29 thoughts on “My Story

  1. Hey Ken, I totally relate with that block & starter starter starter novels. I was like that for a long time, trying to let out of the cage within me what I wished to pass on re my son’s early years. I would write, stash it away. When I decided to blog (last year), I decided to put my first draft out there for comment, to see how the world received it, & hey, not too bad at all… so I’ve kept going.

    So what I mean is, being open with your story already, that assists the writer’s block, to be sure.

    Great pages, by the way.

  2. I too have written several short stories (nothing published yet). I have recently taken the leap and have started a novel. Have you been attending writers’ conferences? They are always good for learning the craft and getting inspired. I just returned home from a week long conference and I am so fired up. By the way, thanks for reading my blog today.

      • Thanks. Also, do you belong to a writers’ group? I belong to Word Weavers of West Michigan. Word Weavers is a National group. We critique each other’s work. That has been very helpful for me. We are also currently studying together Cecil Murphey’s book Unleashing the Writer Within. Cec was one of the speakers at the conference I just attended. I will be going to another conference in two weeks, but that one is only Friday and Saturday. At the conferences I’ve gone to you get to spend one-on-one time with authors, editors, publishers who will give you comments/suggestions on your work. It’s great! Plus you are making connections that you might need later down the road.

  3. A submissions page. Now that’s admirable. I do guest post Wednesdays for artists, poets and cartoonists. At 63 the joy is not in self promotion but to promote others along the way. Thanks visit my blog. Somehow my gravatar has switched to this purple thing. I don’t know how to fix it.

  4. Having the blog helps you see what people respond to in your writing. It’s very different from a writing workshop, but it gives you insight into what people who just stumble on your work think about it. Keep on writing and pushing through the block.

  5. Hi Ken
    No life is ‘C’ grade if you are living it!
    I’m another one who is great at starting stories, and getting the outline down, but the actually writing needs space and time. Thankfully I’ve recently moved to India and now have that time which is why I was able to publish my debut novel this weekend. Thanks for liking the post about it, and keep on with your own writing. It really is a confidence thing – I never felt my writing was good enough, but I’m getting so much good feedback now I wish I’d done something sooner!
    Dorinda

  6. Thanks for a great intro. I had a good laugh about the performances that you’ve come across, and I can promise to be one of those you can challenge when it comes to crazy stories…I’ll always have a bigger better one!!! Legacy of my nutty father. Who’d be ordinary, anyway?

    Thanks for visiting my site…now for a look around yours…

  7. Thanks for visiting my blog. Interesting that you seem to block in your writing at the same stage. It sounds like your thoughts are more tailored to the short story model which is entirely different pacing to the novel. That’s how I started. I’m off to look at you ‘submissions’ now. Good luck.
    Jane

    • I think what it really comes down to is this…I have just let too many things hold me back. Someone recently showed me the way, encouraged me to step out and just do it and so, here I am. ; ) Thanks.

  8. It is definitely scary to put a blog out there for potentially anyone to see – on the flip side it is a little scary when non one seems to notice 🙂 Thanks for following my blog – hopefully something I’ve said somewhere will inspire you. I know what I have read here so far is inspiring me. I hope you keep writing through any episodes of writers block!

  9. Thanks for liking my Gratitude Journal! I’ve been blogging for a while and now have 3 going at once. And yes, it is scary. But I am getting some good feedback on my writing blog, and that helps. I only ever wrote short stories (or really bad poetry!) but then participated in NaNoWriMo last year and discovered that I can write a novel!

  10. Hey Ken,

    I didn’t start writing until I was forty, after years of poking around with journals. But I always wanted to stretch those fiction muscles, and I hope you’ll find the way to break through that thirty-page ceiling. However, I’ve just started toying with short stories, and there is a lovely, brief relief when compared to writing a longer piece. I’m looking forward to trying another this month before NaNoWriMo starts.

    Thanks for following my Looking For America blog; I hope you enjoy the posts! 🙂

  11. I really like your whole approach. Thanks for visiting my blog, too. How did you find it? I am going to follow your blog as I believe I might just be a “plain citizen”!

  12. Thanks for liking my poetry blog. Your abandoned attempts might be better than stubbornly persisting to the end of a novel which is really no good. That was my mistake – 10 years of my life completing 3 novels which never came to anything. I just stick to poems & short stories now, & I think I’m slowly getting better!

  13. As a “newish” writer, I can totally sympathize with what is going on with you. I hope you can find the spark of creativity you need to break through and become the kind of writer you want to be. Good luck on your journey and thanks for stopping by my neck of the woods.

  14. Thank you for following both my blogs. I was interested to see you’re a writer – for myself, setting up a blog has been one of the best things I’ve done. Wishing you good luck with your endeavours!

  15. I know what you mean about blogs. We started ours back in March and, counterintuitive as it may sound, I am now much more consistant with the time I spend on my fiction than I have ever been before.
    I agree with camerashoot365. Conferences and writers groups are enormously helpful. Get into both sooner rather than later. You’ll be glad you did.
    Thanks for the follow, btw. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Meanwhile, Happy Writing!

  16. Ken, your writing is very strong and it’s a pleasure to read you. I’d like to invite you to contribute at 20 Lines (anexerciseindiscipline.com) if you ever feel compelled to reach that audience, or collaborate in any other way that works for you. I hope your days are good to you. … They seem to be.

    All the best,
    Melissa

  17. Hi Ken. Thanks for following my blog. I like what you’ve done with yours and I look forward to reading more and getting to know you. It’s true that everyone thinks they’re the most unique or the craziest person out there. At the end of the day we’re more alike than we could ever know. Feelings are pretty universal.
    Anyway… I’ll be around.
    Lisa

  18. Hi Ken. It’s a pleasure to meet you. I look forward to your writing. I, too, have blocks and incomplete pieces that need finishing. Indeed, a blog is a great place to share. Thanks so much following my blog.

  19. Hello Ken: Just wanted to stop by and thank you for liking my “Delightful Local Repast” blog, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading yours. Cheers, Rose

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