Making ripples. Specifically my ripples. That’s why I’m here, that’s why I’m doing this.
Hi, I’m Preston, and this is my creation-space, my writing sandbox, my digitized literary laboratory. I’m here because somewhere inside of me a writer is caged up, and I want to set him loose. In 2017, I spent the entire year wrestling with the urge to write. I wrestled with it because I didn’t know what it meant, what I wanted to say, or even where to start. All I knew was that I was being compelled to write. So I got a journal, and I started pumping out my thoughts onto its pages with total abandon. Then these books kept falling into my lap: William Zinsser’s On Writing Well, Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art, and Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. I didn’t go searching for them, yet they somehow found their way to me. And the message that I kept getting from them was the best way to figure out how to write is to write. Grit your teeth and do the work, dismiss the thoughts of inspired masterpieces and profound creations. Just write. Write constantly, write every day, and do the best you can.
The other half of this, perhaps the most crucial for me, is that I can’t keep it all to myself. I’ve got to share my writing, and that’s where the pebbles come in. Every blog post I publish is a pebble, and I’m tossing it into the mighty pond that is the Internet. It’s not to make a splash, but just to make ripples. It not only forces me to get better my tossing, but also to practice letting go of the pebble.
There’s no predicting what all I’ll end up writing about. I’m still in the phase of trying to find what it is I want to say, or rather what it is that I can’t not write. Most of what’s in my brain centers around philosophy, faith, and fatherhood, so I expect a great deal of my content to stem from those. But it could be anything, and it could be raw, or messy, or even incoherent. Who knows? But no matter what, honest feedback is always welcome.
So come in, stay awhile, browse around. If you see something you like, give it a share. If you see something you hate, drop me an email and tell me why. If you’ve got your own pebbles to toss, I’d love to hear about that, too. Maybe we can toss a few together.
W. Preston Neal
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