Thursday, January 29, 2009

Introduction

I have a fetish with quotes. In fact, I fill my everyday conversation with whatever maxims I can pull from memory and most of my writing centers around one type of aphorism or another. With that as my introduction, let me explain my motives for starting this blog and what purpose I hope it will serve—and why not start with a quote? Ernest Hemingway declares, "There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it's like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges." I believe writing is hard and it’s painful, but it’s also cathartic. I enjoy writing and it serves as an emotional outlet for the many thoughts swirling in my head. I’m hoping if I weave these numerous thoughts into systematic sentences and paragraphs I’ll reach some level of clarity and understanding.
This blog is not geared towards anything specific, nor is it written with any purpose in mind. It is my simple desire to write whatever observations I might have as well as experiment with the power of writing. It will also be an exploration of form and the various methods of syntax and diction—all with the intention of writing with a clear, fluid, and readable tone. It is not my objective to write an electronic journal with the mindless rants about my life and the latest drama I encounter, but at a certain point life IS the latest drama and its inevitable emotions caused by friends, family, or lovers; an occasional dialogue on the subject will be required. However, in the end, as cliché as it may sound, I will write for writing’s sake, for as E.L Doctrow says, “Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.”

6 comments:

  1. Wow, very articulately put. I think Hemingway and Doctorow would be proud to have your words mixed with theirs... I think you’re off to as good a start as you can be with a blog. Good luck I look forward to reading more.

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  2. We enjoyed reading your first post and look forward to many more to come.

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  3. Oh Juel. You are so brilliant. I appreciate the ease of your writing style. It takes a certain level of mastery in order to convey your thoughts and maintain readability AND simplicity. You blow me away! Love you.

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  4. I am so glad you have joined the world of bloggers!

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  5. Write on! (Must be said like a hippie)

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  6. Welcome to the blogging world!

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