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Janathon Day 25

Recently I have been posting with out the title “Janathon”

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I have been writing every day, but I have not been running or exercising regularly. Writing everyday is a challenge. It is easy to write a blathering stream of consciousness piece that is of no interest to anyone except maybe a psychology major who is avoiding his studies.

I often try to write a day ahead and then go back and edit. I usually find some drivel to remove and I am working on brevity. One night we watched the first episode of Season 3 of

BBC, Sherlock Holms. Dr. Watson
Sherlock Holms I presume?

Sherlock on BBC America. The writing is so good. The dialogue is so quick and dense. And the sentences are often short. After that show I hacked away at a few paragraphs on my blog post before I ran out of steam.

Stephen Colbert recently had Mariel Hemingway and Micheal Chabon on to discuss “Papa’s” life and writing. Hemingway is famous for his writing style which many have imitated but few have mastered.

I’ve read a few Hemingway books and at times I have tried to write in his style. I like clean, efficient sentences. But I also enjoy writing long complex sentences that string together several ideas all in one rant, err sentence: the stream of consciousness style that we all use in conversation quite often.

So, I’m trying to become a better writer by writing and drawing inspiration from the masters. I started this blog because I love running and wanted to share my experiences with others and especially with new runners or those who are thinking about running.

The other reason I started this blog was my passion for writing. While speaking with someone, have you ever started a sentence and realized that you did not know how it was going to end? Depending on the oscillation of your mood as your sentence constructs itself and the reaction from your listener, the end of your sentence is pliable: from the beginning, the end is unknown.

This can lead to interesting and wandering conversations. It can also lead to many faux pas and regrettable utterances sometimes referred to as Freudian slips.

The great thing about writing is that you can scratch out a sentence, paragraph or article, and take it all back if you want. No one has to see what an idiot you are.

Or just tweak, polish or refine your creation. You can add witty asides or references or cut a sentence down to its bare essentials. It’s like working with verbal clay. You shape the sentences, re-shape them or smash it all up and stuff them back into the box for no one else to see.

So while I am not able to run and keep up with the true Janathon, I am having fun getting clay under my nails.

Run well my Friends!

Andy

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2 responses to “Janathon Day 25”

  1. Jim Brennan Avatar

    Most writers advise to write every day, even if its throwaway material, just write. It’s like putting in the junk miles. Sometimes it flows, and sometime it doesn’t. You have to keep on writing to find your voice and the good stuff, like when you hit stride. But to write something worthwhile every day is a challenge. Don’t beat yourself up over it if you miss a day, or a week. It’s better to wait until it flows again. And how do you know when you’ve written something worthwhile. Oh, you’ll know.

    1. imarunner2012 Avatar

      Thanks for the advice and encouragement.
      I am reading your book, but am only a third of the way through. I know it’s not a long book but I’m working on two web sites and a blog. I just started using Tweetdeck and Hootsuite and am trying to figure out all of this stuff.
      The book is great and many parts are so familiar! I’ll write a review once I finish.

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