Friday, January 3, 2014


“Modest doubt is called the beacon of the wise.”


Doubt, of whatever kind, can be ended by action alone.

Thomas Carlyle

Dear Muse,
I’m tired and I should be sleeping but before I go to bed, I want to say the following:
·      Thank you for inspiring me.
·      Thank you for all the writing you’ve helped me do.
·      Thank you for not giving up on me.
·      Thank you for constantly giving me new ideas.
·      Thank you for being here every time.

Tonight I felt like I couldn’t write.  So I wrote something about comic books.  It wasn’t my usual content, but it was well written, nonetheless.  It was probably good for me to do something different.  It took a while to write.  I don’t know why, but I just couldn’t write tonight.  Then when I finally finished, I had all kinds of doubts and questions.
·      This isn’t my usual content.
·      Will people hate it?
·      Have I finally run out of things to say?
·      Will my love for comic books mark me as immature?
·      Will I alienate people who don’t read comic books?
·      Will the comic book fans who read this like it?

Still, despite its unique niche, I realized you were with me.  I also learned some things:
·      Good writing is good writing, no matter what the topic is.
·      Lessons can be learned and applied from anywhere.
·      Being consistent is more important than being perfect.
·      It’s good to do something completely different occasionally.
·      Any work that gets me closer to my goal is good work.

Now I can rest.  I don’t know why I worry.  The point is what I write.  The point isn’t even to write well.  The point is to write often.  Every day.  Two or three times a day.
I did.  Despite all my doubts tonight, I was able to Get Started and Keep Going.  And now I’m going to bed.
Thank you, dear Muse.