Writing Regularity: A Blessed Necessity
Even though you’ve heard much less from me here on the once-regular blog (the least since its beginnings in 2002), I sit behind the keyboard every morning and think about you–the mostly Imaginary Audience of Fragments. Without You I’d sit frozen and motionless, not having a would-be friend to tell my stories to. Finally, it’s okay that you are, mostly, not out there. I still remember and leave a place at the table for you.
And I am still writing most days, invisible behind the store front of the weblog.
As I have mentioned, I continue to harbor the hope of a third book, am making progress in that direction, and am taking some concrete exploratory steps towards potential publication avenues later today.
But I also write because I find that the effort of gathering my thoughts in a structured expressive journaling kind of way generates a number of benefits to body and spirit. Writing regularly has become a matter of psychological hygiene, you might say. Prunes are sometimes required, but mostly, the keystrokes just come naturally from an internal rhythm.
If you have thought “I should really write about ___” but have not yet made expressive writing a part of your daily routine, here is prescription for that new habit that offers a number of potential benefits.
The paragraph from this article that caught my attention, that resonated with me, was the one that briefly discussed “Writing and Gratitude.”
It quotes findings from this longer article (pdf) that finds that people who write regularly (but not too much) about the “good things in their life” were more positive and motivated about their current situations that those who did not write in this way.
That sounds rather much like the fourteen years of ramblings at Fragments from Floyd.
Yes there are frequent blog posts here about the sorry state of the world, especially our neglect and abuse of the planet and each other. There are occasionally whiny pieces about the weather or the wife Â or the dog du jour or the indignities of age.
But mostly, over the years, the blog has been a vehicle for appreciation, celebration and proclamationÂ of the good things in life in Floyd County, on Goose Creek, and under this roof, be it ever so humble.
And I feel certain the gratitude that comes with a deep sense of belonging in place will be woven all through the hoped-for book, should I have enough keystrokes on a regular basis to give birth to it.