“A writer who waits for ideal conditions …”


A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper.”  Kurt Vonnegut

Sometimes I just love the Internet … with a capital “I”.

I ran across this quote on a site called pjmedia and it resonated with me, not that I fancy myself as a writer of note, but rather it captured an idea I have held for many years that someday I would write that “Great American Novel.” I could never get started in my writing career mostly because I lacked that ideal condition of a great idea, or even a mediocre one; then there were those nuisance issues of making a living, raising a family on so on.

Then just a few short years ago I found myself in the midst of a confluence of happenings and events; out of a job late in life leading into a premature retirement, a deep and growing concern over the condition of my nation and the direction it was going and the frustration of being unable to verbally express my thoughts and concerns in an effective way.

It was then I discovered I could write short directed essays and didn’t have to tackle the big game changer that would necessitate a single volume of many chapters and hundreds of pages that most likely would never be written. I could write my essays and publish them one by one on a thing called a Blog on the Internet.

So I’ve done that, or rather am doing that, which leads me to another quote on that same pjmedia site:

“My passions drive me to the typewriter every day of my life, and they have driven me there since I was twelve. So I never have to worry about schedules. Some new thing is always exploding in me, and it schedules me, I don’t schedule it. It says: Get to the typewriter right now and finish this. “  Ray Bradbury

Unlike Bradbury I am driven to the computer and the Blog; unlike Bradbury I’ve only been driven to the the computer since I was sixty four. But I do find ‘some new thing is always exploding in me, and it schedules me, I don’t schedule it. It says: Get to the computer right now and write this’.

And in a way perhaps I am writing the book I have long dreamed of writing. I have some two hundred plus essays under my belt, and have had over eight thousand readers in all fifty states and the District of Columbia, and readers have visited my essays from over sixty countries in all six of the populated continents. 

Perhaps I am making a difference.

Don Johnson – November 2012

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