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Why So Much Writing?

Writing. Writing. Writing.

Why so much writing? Have I been asked this question? Well, not exactly in those words but I, like everyone else here, I’m sure have been asked a similar question…or set of questions.

I hope to answer in short why “so much writing”. See first things first. We here believe that Christ was, is and will be the Word. The Word made tangible. That right there tells you something. What does it tell you? Well, that He is about writing, well He calls Himself the Word-that means to me so many different things, all good of course-but it does mean one thing. He, Whom we believe to be the Savior, places an enormous importance on, well, words

For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned. Matthew 12:37

This is one of the many Scriptures to really speak about the power of words. Now here it says plainly, “For by your words,” but we can assume it’s all words, spoken or written.

Back to writing. Okay, because there is a need for words

Why so much, eh? Why not? One day a few months ago, I had finished my story and began another. I had yet another to write with a definitive deadline and on top of that? So many ideas. Then it hit me. As writer, no matter how much you’ve written, it will never be enough. I agree with that. First of all because it’s my own assertion, 😉 and secondly because I believe so many writers would agree. A writer who loves what he or she does may tire at some point-and what person that works and loves what he does does not get weary once in a while? But no, a writer who loves writing never stops.

Because we love doing it.

We have the opportunity to write words that not only “look great” but have value. This is one of the most important things to me as a writer. I like to think that I’m a positive person. One who takes a look at his situation and sees the greater reason/meaning. I like to believe that I have lifted someone’s “spirits” through my writing. I like to believe that I have inspired. But I remind you, nothing I do worth mentioning is done without God. We have a responsibility to help those around us, those in our lives. Whether we see them face-to-face or here on the innernets.

Because we can help, influence for the good, and inspire.

In short, I could be here for days…er, months…but I’ll finish with this:

Why so much “writing“?

Because it is one of the things I am in Christ. He has called me to this task and I accept.

Be blessed and write on.

About Tymothy Longoria

Tymothy Longoria has been described as a writer with a flair for the dramatic (whether this is true still remains to be seen). He is a fan of all things fantastic, metal music, black t-shirts, and aligns himself with geeks, nerds, and all manner of monsters, and is an ardent, optimistic supporter of his fellow creatives. He has written several short stories for the online macabre zine Underneath The Juniper Tree and in 2012 was awarded Debut Author of the Year by Twisted Core Press for 'Envy', his contribution to the Seven Deadly Sins Anthology. He is currently editing his full-length dark fantasy retelling, Revenants: Book One of The Stories. Fairy tales? If only. Legends will be reborn. Tymothy calls Texas home, where he lives with his wife, two children, and a cat called ThunderCat aka Kitty PawKitty. He is represented by Bree Ogden of Red Sofa Literary.

15 comments on “Why So Much Writing?

  1. I’m glad to see your enthusiasm for your calling. I feel the same way. But I have a question for you. Do you ever struggle with writing jobs that keep you from writing fiction? For example, you said you just finished one story and are already working on two others. Do you spend a lot of time preparing for the story before you start writing it? I’m in that stage right now where preparation is taking all my time and energy. I want to write everyday, but I don’t want to rip my mind from the task at hand, and I really struggle with multitasking when it comes to stories. I slog through the marsh to get in the right frame of mind for my story; I can’t just hop right out and immediately be in another. I’m sorry if this isn’t exactly on topic, but when you say “Why all the writing?” I’m thinking, “Yeah, I want that, but I have to build the world first.” Do you have any advice for writing when you’re immersed in preparation? If this is too long an answer you can make it your next post.

  2. Tim-you challenge me and I love it, yo.

    Let’s see. Do you spend a lot of time preparing for the story before you start writing it?

    Answer: No. I don’t spend nearly as much time in preparation as I do in writing the title down. Seriously I count it a blessing that an idea pops in my head and I start writing. Years ago I was in a band-there’s a point to this, :}-and I wrote the lyrics. I wrote the entire song after I came up with a title. So..years later…I noticed the same thing with stories, no pun intended.

    As far as finishing one and starting another, I may have confused you and that ain’t cool.
    No, I finished Book One with a prequel basically already “written” in mind and the sequel beginning to take shape. The other project was my part in a collaboration on the seven deadly sins, ‘Envy’- a short around 10k words.

    So with the first book done, I was able to start the outline of the prequel and lay out the basic story line, mind you, I was already in the frame of mind for that.

    The other ideas I got while writing the first one are stored away, if you will and I won’t touch them until I’m ready. One thing at a time. Although I have been known to have several Word docs open at once.

    :}

    • Also Tim, I recently made a lil video for a fellow writer and blogger saying “Write. Write everyday. Write when you can, but write…something.” This is what I mean by “why all the writing?”

      Writing, and of course you know, is not just novel writing. Make up your own quotes. Write blog posts. Write something, everyday. That way you literally are able to write daily and we keep our minds in that writing state of mind.

  3. Interesting. Glad to hear you and I are similar in having the one thing at a time mindset. I didn’t mention that in an effort to overcome this tunnel-mindedness, I am using my short story assignment for Team PYP as a way to tell a story in a different part of my universe. This allows me to explore the other cultures and use that universe mindset as a background so it isn’t so jarring to have another project on the side. The only problem then was that I realized I have a lot of research to do to understand terraforming and what kinds of jobs this character would have in his society. Again, that led to frustration that even with a short story project I couldn’t just start writing. I’d say I write at least a thousand words a day on notes and outlines, but it’s hard to count that as writing. In a way, it helps make my prose deeper, but it doesn’t help me in my weaknesses like describing setting. I suppose you’d say I’m filling my cupboard so that I have more tools to lay out my setting.

    Liked you comment (-there is a point-).

  4. Tym, I am a mother of very active 14 year old twins and recently, I attended their meet the teacher night at their brand spanking new top notch technologically advanced paper-less school. . . . ???? I patiently and quietly sat and listened to the teachers (this is 8th grade by the way) demonstrate all of their new advanced gadgets and bells and whistles. The children have keypads at their desks, they are allowed to bring their I-Pads(see mom I told you so) to school and take notes electronically. The teachers desk has a built in computer and from sitting at her desk, she types and all is displayed on a white screen black board projector. I was pretty impressed but one thing kept coming to my mind. . . . . where were all the paper and pens and such. Finally, just as the session was about to end, I raised my hand and asked. . . . to which it was replied, that is not the way of the future, the children will not be required to learn handwriting any longer. . . . . No longer will they be teaching the children cursive writing or printing or anything. . . . ????? What did I miss? was there some sort of hidden ballot where they did away with the archaic monotony of WRITING? Tell me have you or any of your followers heard of such blasphemy? Please tell me your thoughts. I am proudly the first line blood for real cousin to Diane M Graham, and I intend to ask her the same thing, I just thought I would get a non biased opinion first and see if I am so far in the dark ages and the ancient age of 42, or if this seems egregious to anyone else?

    Desperately clinging to my Websters Dictionary and #2 pencils. . . .
    Lori France

    • When I began home schooling the kiddos three years ago, we spent 6 months learning cursive. I was floored when the older children told me they had been shown but were told it wasn’t needed. *head snap* What? Paper, pen, crayon, pencils, chalk…they all hold a revered spot in this home. I believe it would be foolish to limit children to only technology.

      I am a ponderer of “what if’s”. What if electricity ceased to exist? What if one of my children were kidnapped and the only way they could save themselves was to solve a code in long-hand? What if zombies took over and the only way to thwart them was with words dancing on paper? What if?

      I’m with you, cousin of mine. 😛

      • I KNOW RIGHT!!! The zombie thing crosses my mind daily!! But my biggest “Say WHAT?” moment is because I know I have escaped reality more times than I probably should admit by drowning myself in pen and paper or a book to read. It boggles my mind to think of all the other kids that won’t know that joy. My children, heck yes I will teach them as I feel that is very important to me so they will get my love for all things written. But my heart breaks for all of the others who don’t have a mom like me. . . . Shaking my head

  5. That’s incredible, Lori! Gives me thoughts of a post apocalyptic story where we digress into an oratory culture because no one knows how to write. Or they do, but it looks so awful that miscommunication is rampant in letters and long distance communications. Maybe that’s a stretch, but still, I don’t think we are quite there yet as far as not needing to know how to longhand.

    • I just can’t for the life of me fathom a world that does not include doodling and scribbling and writing. While my cousin writes stories, I write music and poetry. What would my life be without my boxes and boxes of thoughts and dreams?

  6. Lori…WOW.

    First let me say this-because you chose you comment, I thank you very much-you have inspired Tim!!! See? That’s awesome.

    I digress.

    I myself just turned 32, some consider that young, I mean I do but I’m an old soul. Point being, I’m write there with you. This most definitely has to be an extreme case where in the future, “children will not be required to learn handwriting any longer.”

    Having said that and to make it clear where I stand and I’m sure you would agree, technology has it’s place. I don’t any would argue the impact Kindles and nooks and Ipads have on the industry. It has it’s place. But I agree with Tim, we’re not there-YET. I’m wary of that happening. But, again I say that is a most extreme case and I’m curious to know the precise motivations for saying no to w r i t i n g.

    Man-man and woman included-think there are ways that are right-but in the end is, well you know. In an effort to save the trees and denounce fossil fuels and and and and they may see this as just one way to do that. “Paper-less” conjures that thought.

    Wow.

  7. Tymothy, That. Was. Beautiful. (I would say more, but sometimes just a few words say it all) 🙂

  8. First and foremost, thank you for the inspiration! I find that the biggest compliment my followers can give me is when they tell me I have inspired them to try a new recipe, to do something new with their families. I just posted a blog about Who knew? iPads and meatballs have so much in common…. It write about my son’s 6th grade class introducing iPads into the classroom and how excited some parents were and others…not so much!
    I compare this to those of us that are so comfortable with our Italian meatballls fugettaboutit! there is no other meatball and others that will try a Portuguese Meatball…
    While I want my children to experiment and be open to new things… I want them to be grounded in the traditions we have nurtured in our home…
    This is where I would like our schools to get inspired and find their balance.

  9. As always a pleasure, Tymothy. Writing has always been a part of my life whether it be poetry, stories, journal entries. So I can relate to the calling. I find it hard to make time to write all day but I’m going to take your words as a challenge. I have the perfect little notebook to write in, too.

    As to the other, really, no long-hand? Not a good idea in my opinion. How will you exercise your brain. Doodling uses the left side of the brain, exercising areas that may never have been used before. Yes, technology is great and may be better for the environment. But everything must have balance.

  10. My Dearest Tymothy,

    Now you have opened a brand new book of worms . So to speak. I love tradition but I also am open to new technology. But both have to be available. We learn from the past. We must not become a society that throws everything old out. I don’t just say this because I am old, but because I am old I can say this. Why do we learn? Life changes daily, but without the experience of Yesteryear we shall surely perish.

  11. Round the Kansas parts, yes, they’re taking cursive out of schools. Foolish, in my opinion. We’re becoming a society that focuses so much on the practical, we forget brain expansion equals innovation. Sometimes you do a thing because you can, not because it’s practical. Sometimes you learn a thing because it swells your brain, not because it gets you that job at Kwik-E-Mart.
    Besides, writing by hand imprints knowledge in ways a keyboard can’t. That will be lost, too, in our new paperless society.
    Ooh, feeling the urge for a political rant, so I’ll defer and say, Well done, Young Wolf. Write on.

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