Stephen King’s The Gunslinger begins, “The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.” Man, what an opening line. (What a great book, too; the first one’s by far my favorite of the Dark Tower series.) I get hung up on beginnings when I’m writing, even the fluffy pop culture stories that aren’t much more than a whiff of personal commentary on a story that’s already been published all over the web. If I can just get the first few sentences out, however crappy they may be, I feel a sense of momentum and I lose that ever-present fear that this time I will finally have run out of words.

Somewhere along the line I lost sight of the fact that this is my personal playground, a place where I can write what I want and it doesn’t have to be formatted, tagged, and summarized in an SEO-friendly linkbaity headline. It doesn’t have to have a perfectly-sized image, the intro paragraph doesn’t have to grab you, the closing line doesn’t have to be a comment-begging question. Best of all, it doesn’t much matter if it gets read or not.

If beginnings are hard, endings are even worse. The fun part, the part that always makes the screen drop open to that place where everything just flows and I get the sense that I’m along for the ride rather than pushing myself along, is right in the middle. Let’s take this place and go there more often.

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Katharine
7 years ago

Meeeeeeeee tooooooooooo

(on beginnings, not endings)

Life of a Doctor's Wife

Yes, to all of it. And, if it helps, I love your writing – always. It’s beautiful and sincere and funny and I don’t care if it’s “about” anything.

Sarah
Sarah
7 years ago

More writing here is always welcome!

Deanna
7 years ago

I’ve missed you here. Funny stories of life, holding up a mirror, honest, funny – *here* is where you can do that. Can’t tell you how many times I have wanted to hug you, roll my eyes (cuz I know you are doing it, too!), laugh or just breathe – all because of words *YOU* strung together.

sooboo
sooboo
7 years ago

The opening line from The Gunslinger runs through my mind periodically too. It’s one of my favorites. I check in here every day, hoping.

LD's Mom
LD's Mom
7 years ago

We all love your beginnings, middles, and endings – the perfect ones and the imperfect ones alike!

Phoebe
Phoebe
7 years ago

I’m not a writer but for me getting started and the resulting momentum is an important ingredient in just about every task I take on, but especially the ones that initially seem daunting. So I get it and I appreciate everything you post here! Please keep doing it if it makes you happy!

Cindy
Cindy
7 years ago

Happy to read you’re going to be posting here more often. I check the page frequently and always smile when you have something new to say!

Donna
Donna
7 years ago

Yes, let’s! Yay!

Molly
Molly
7 years ago

You are one of the only bloggers that I check in on regularly. Precisely because you do not worry about clickbait, affiliate links, SEO, and general “building your brand” type stuff. Please write whenever, and about whatever, you want!

Janet
Janet
7 years ago

YAY! Agree with everyone…you are the ONLY blogger I check on regularly. Write anything…we will eat it up!

Dawn
Dawn
7 years ago

I was holding my breath there reading the second paragraph. I thought you were going to say you were ending your blog. I can’t tell you how relieved I am that this isn’t the case. You keep writing, I’ll keep reading.

Melissa
7 years ago

I’ve missed you! You make me feel normal instead of crazy because so often I read your stuff and think “thank god I’m not the only one!”
Looks like you’re having a wonderful summer though, so no pressure. :)

Jessica
Jessica
7 years ago

I’ll read anything you write. And the irony is, my favorite posts from you are probably the least “polished” – I love your authentic, raw voice. I love that you are willing to talk about stuff other folks shy away from. I am like all of your readers – I feel like I am not alone when I read what you have to say. For however long you want to keep this blog going I’ll be here reading.

Amy
Amy
7 years ago

That is my favorite opening line ever. I think the 4th book is my favorite though. Keep writing so we can keep reading!

Maureen
Maureen
7 years ago

I was really happy to read this-you have been one of my favorite bloggers for such a long time. I have missed you posting here!

Aubrey
Aubrey
7 years ago

I love the 4th book best, but you can’t have the rest of the series without the first! I love reading your writing!

Annie
Annie
7 years ago

Yay for more writing !

kristin
kristin
7 years ago

OKAY!

Faith
Faith
7 years ago

Amen! I am totally along for the ride.

Kelli
7 years ago

Yes, this!!!

Blogs are changing so much these days and so many of my favorites are dropping off from writing all together left and right. You remain very much at the top of my reading pile because of your style, your candid moments, and the fact that you simply write because you love it. (You can tell.) You’re not tied to $ or links or number of hits and I love that. I will keep reading through all the beginnings, middles, and endings!

Kimberly
Kimberly
7 years ago

So much yes!

Niki
Niki
7 years ago

Welcome back.

Frema
7 years ago

I hear you, sister – my own blog’s been collecting dust since April, for the same reason. Always glad to read a post from you!

Megan
Megan
7 years ago

Love it–your is one of the few blogs that I always get excited about when it pops up in my feedly.

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6 years ago

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6 years ago

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6 years ago

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