On writing…..

Definition of a journalist:

1 a : a person engaged in journalism especially : a writer or editor for a news medium b : a writer who aims at a mass audience.
2 : a person who keeps a journal.

I started out, many moons ago, to be a  journalist ( 1). Way back in the ‘dark ages’ …I headed to the big city of Toronto, 17 years young and green as the Prairie’s early spring wheat.      What an experience it all was! To walk along Yonge Street (wow, skyscrapers!!) apparently the longest street in North America and probably the most famous in Canada. Being so far from home, being on my own for the first time, especially coming from a very small city by comparison, was heady stuff indeed. Happily it is all still there in my memory to savor, and it all comes back to me now. A good time in my life.

Life has taken many twists and turns since my days at Ryerson. Writing has always been a part of my life, sometimes more, sometimes too little, since my first trek to Toronto. Many places, loves and losses have come and gone. But what always remains, and what this blog again brings to mind, is my love for writing and for reading. And for the sheer joy of playing with a phrase or finding the perfect word (and that certainly doesn’t always happen) .

Just recently re-read, On Writing, by Stephen King and it continues to be one of my favorite books. Crammed full of insights into the man and his craft and gems of wisdom for his readers to utilize in writing and life in general.

Stephen has certainly taken a long and winding road to get to his place in the world today. But rich or poor, famous or not, writing is in the blood of all writers. It is there always, whether we are inspired or not and whether we are writing or not. But when it all comes together, it truly is magic.

To create more than we thought we had to give or to express. I am grateful to be a journalist ( 2) and a  paid writer (albeit part-time) and glad to be writing this story. On this cold and windy Prairie night, it feels like the right place to be.

4 responses

  1. What a lovely and thoughtful post. I completely understand what you mean. I’ve been away from writing (for myself) for a long time. I’m a full-time medical writer for a pharmaceutical firm, so for many years I’ve been writing “just the facts”–no room for creativity there. So with my new blog, I find myself struggling sometimes to find the right metaphor, or the right imagery. I’m so rusty. But it will all come back to us soon, just like riding a bike. I’m glad you wrote this story, too. Keep it up!

  2. Thanks for your comment. Never expected to be blogging but it’s already been a valuable and creative experience. The ideas for posts I want to write, just keep on coming!!!
    I look forward to visiting your blog again soon, interesting reading!!
    Cheers and BFN….

  3. Good stuff, Ger!
    I admire your creative writing, your “craftiness”, your zeal and creativity in the kitchen, love of old cats, old moms and old friends!
    I really enjoyed your blog comment: “to create more than we thought we had to give or express.” I’m currently savouring a university night class “Writing for children and Young Adults”, yet feeling I may fall short of producing an instant best seller! However, I’m finding it fresh and stimulating and feel inspired to write again. As a former newspaper reporter and television writer-producer, I’ve been away from my craft for many years. But something in the blood keeps egging me on to resume, in a different genre.
    Thanks for your thoughts. Keep up the good work and take care.
    Best regards, Kath

  4. Thanks for your comments Kath. Good to hear about your writing class, hope that is going well. Sometimes taking a course,on any subject, can really help to motivate and to move forward with a project. Sharing ideas is so helpful too. I hope the children’s book you are working on IS a best seller!
    Cheers, Geraldine

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