A Writing Exercise

This is a writing exercise.  I will write what I know . . .

2 + 2 = 4

But I cannot keep writing 2 + 2 = 4.

“How about writing about what you do not know?”

I do not know why 2 + 2 = 4.  What if we lived in a world where two plus two did not equal four?  What else would be different about that world because two plus two did not equal four?

“I don’t know.  It’s a subject for a future blog.”

The trick in any writing exercise is to keep the pencil moving over the paper.

“Pencil?  Paper?  What about writing using a keyboard?”

That may work for some, but I prefer using a pencil and paper.  How much magic there is in moving a pencil over paper!  I am taken back to when I was a child.  I felt special using a pencil, whether it was to draw or write.  That special feeling is always there when I use a pencil.

Sometimes I will compose words using a keyboard, but I do that rarely.  I write the first draft with a pencil, and I revise what I have written when typing it using a computer.

Sharpening a pencil is a ritual for me when I am getting ready to write.  It is also a signal to my muse to come.

“And does she come?”

Not always.  Sometimes my muse watches from a distance, and giggles as I struggle to get the words out.

“Why does she do that?”

I asked her, and she said that it is good for me to write no matter what.

What an adventure!  I never know where the writing will take me whether my muse inspires me, or I write without her.  Even when I want the writing to go a certain way, it often takes me somewhere else.

Look at this blog.  When I picked up the pencil, the only thing I had in my mind was the first sentence, “This is a writing exercise.”  I had no idea that I would end up here.

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