Some aspiring writers are dismayed when they realize that writing is a craft, that a writer has to learn writing the way a carpenter learns wood work. And like any craft, to master the craft of writing a writer has to learn to use the tools of the craft of writing: diction, syntax, grammar, spelling, punctuation, tense…
Many aspiring writers assume that inspiration is just as important or maybe is even more important than craft. Well, it’s not. Inspiration may get the writer 10% of the way there. Then the writer has to apply the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair.
“Talent is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration.” –Anonymous
“I would have been a great writer, but the chairs in the library were too hard.”–Anonymous
I’m the Old Soldier. Welcome to my blog of flash fiction, culture, writing, poetry and sex.
College Students Everywhere
I like being a blogger in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Yesterday, I strolled down to the campus of the University of Pittsburgh, my alma mater, and sat on a bench in the warm afternoon sun; and I scribbled in my notebook as I watched troops of college students going to and leaving classes. College students always remind me of my own college days at Pitt. My college days ended in 2006. I’m old enough to be the grandfather of the students that I watched yesterday.
But college students make me reflect on writing, on being a writer and on life. College students remind me that we writers are students for life.
The Steelers Must Win
The hosts of the radio sports show that I listen to and the people who call in to the show all agree that a Steelers loss to the Bears on Sunday Night Football would be a disaster. A Steelers loss would make the Steelers 0 and 3 for this season.
The hosts and the callers are saying that the game against the Bears is a “must win” game for the Steelers. I think the words “must win” are extreme. But once the words “must win” are on the air ways, it’s impossible to take them back.
Keep reading and keep writing that flash fiction.