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Well Writ Stuff
Well Writ Stuff
If you want to improve, place yourself in the company of those who do it better.
- BJR, 1969
My dad probably didn’t originate that quote. He just said it so often that, if I ever heard another source, I just forgot it. This was, to a large degree, the rule by which he lived. Wherever he had aspirations, he tried to put himself in the company of those who had a proven track record of success.
The principle works. When I wanted to become a better tennis player, I changed my class schedule to be in the class taught by the star of the women’s tennis team at my school. For once in my life, it had nothing to do with looks ‒ I really wanted to improve, and I did. By the end of the semester, she actually had to break a sweat to beat me.
When I moved to Atlanta, one of my goals was to become a better musician. I finagled my way into a band where I was the only amateur in the group. I stood next to one of the best session guitarists in Atlanta, and the band leader had recorded and toured with a regionally-popular band out of the Midwest. I’ll never play lead guitar, but I learned more about music in that one year than I had the rest of my life.
So I am applying that nowadays to writing. I know, most of my writing here is trivial, banal stuff; but I like to turn out something a little more personally meaningful now and then. And some of the odd poetry I have written has reinforced some song-writing principles I’d forgotten.
I won’t pretend that I read every blog out there. I even avoid some of the more popular ones. But there are a few that I like to read primarily for the quality of the writing (and I like what I’ve gotten to know about the author’s too). This is no slam on those I visit but don’t mention here; but I think most would agree that there are degrees of excellence. These four really stand out in my mind:
sj365’s blog [blog sj365]
Frnds4play’s blog Sparks and Rivulets
saintlianna’s blog [blog saintlianna]
And for poetry ‒
huntress7878's blog, [blog huntress7878]
All have very different styles, and all speak to me in ways I can’t really describe. If you haven’t been by these blogs, check ‘em out. I’m often a hack and a pretender, but these folks are the real deal, each in their own way. Thanks.
10/12/2005 5:50 pm
you are too too sweet to mention me here.|
your last post was wonderful...I've always read you, now I'm looking forward to what comes next
10/12/2005 7:52 pm
As you know, I think you're an excellent writer, droll and creative.|
I barely have time to read the blogs anymore, let alone write one.
If you want to see good writing in blogs there are better places to go. This one can be somewhat limited.
10/13/2005 12:48 am
sj - Thanks, but don't be surprised if the next one is a bit of a let-down. I still want to primarily be fun, and that doesn't usually work its way out from my heart.|
jayR - Thank you. I do miss your entries, but I'm always glad to see you here. I'd love to read other material - but this is a fairly protected place considering the current marital situation - so here I stay.