On Eating and Writing

Robert Louis Stevenson
So, why blog about writing? Well, I’ve been working on a novel for 3 years, and have made only the most minor of headway. I’m at, maybe, half way through, 150 pages or so. Of course, 150 pages sounds like a lot to all those who haven’t gotten beyond the first page, but after this amount of time it comes out to about 5 letters a day. You know there’s an old saying by Robert Louis Stevenson that goes, “Anybody can write a short story – a bad one, I mean – who has industry and paper and time enough; but not every one may hope to write even a bad novel.” I find this very true. I just want to finish my terrible book, so I can at least say I finished it.

As to the blog, I figured writing about writing might actually spark some, well… writing. I have to do better than 5 letters. Look I’ve already done 800! I’m on a roll turning letters into words, words into sentences, and sentences into what I pass off as paragraphs.

I’m not expecting much, I’d like to be favorably compared to George Foreman… a man now best known for his sandwich eating abilities than anything else. I’d like to walk down the street someday and have people say, “Hey, isn’t it that guy who wrote that thing?”

“I don’t know, but he eats a hell of a sandwich. You should see him kill a hoagie.”

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