online wanderings (and freelance wonderings)

Why is it so difficult to isolate my myriad thoughts into succinct writing ideas? I can be in a thoughtful, creative mood but lack the ability to organize ideas. It seems the best method to combat this ill is to tackle it head-on, and simply write. Since this is my blog, I suppose it’s a good place to “just write” without a specific goal.

The sheer volume of text-based information on the internet astounds me. Blogs, e-zines, e-books, print magazines with an online presence, online news sites, and more. As I research potential markets for freelance writing efforts, I often emerge from the digital world with google-eyes (having nothing to do with Google.com, although it is my search engine of choice). Overwhelmed is the word that comes to mind. In one sense, it’s exciting and encouraging to know there are so many possible venues for writers. It isn’t as if we’re all submitting stories to the same magazine, with one chance in a million of getting a “yes.” In another sense, it’s discouraging to spend hours sifting through information, feeling at last like I’ve learned a few things but lost precious hours of life in the process. (Isn’t it always that way with the internet, though? It’s the great time-stealer of our age.)

But yes, the volume. The vastness. Am I ready to plunge into it strategically? If not, I’ll probably drown in a sea of words and undeveloped ideas.

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4 Responses

  1. Even though it may seem overwhelming, you are researching, submitting ideas, writing articles…you’ve shown that you’re not afraid to take the plunge. I’m proud of you!

  2. I just wanted to say I enjoyed your most recent Ungrind post! Very timely for me.

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