For a writer, being regular beats being inspired. Most days, I write it out by hand in the morning, re-write on a keyboard afternoons. In the evenings, I read aloud to my wife from writers who do it better than me - like Wiley Cash, Helen Forbes, Haruki Murakami.


  1. Greetings, from the front range of Glassy and Hogback mountains here in Highland, South Carolina. I enjoy your blog, Henry, and finally figured out how to subscribe to it. I think.
    Being regular does beat the heck out of being inspired, and I'm trying to keep myself regular, even if I'm not creating any gems. Just the constant commitment to craft is what keeps me pushing on. I enjoy your writing. Keep up the good work.

    1. Josh, I grew up and grew old walking that tilted ground of yours, and your posts on read to me like letters from home. Whatever madness writing may be, it is more a way to see than a way to get noticed. Nobody learns as much from it as does the writer. Still, a reader who pays attention can learn a lot needful to know, and I'm grateful you are willing to share the view from where you are.

      Keep in touch. Maybe when you get caught up on Wildcat Creek, you might consider a guest post over here in Drovers Gap. I hope we walk on the same mountain at the same time real soon.

    2. Thank you, Henry. I've been teaching myself writing for several years, and have only published a few things, but I have found that I am learning more than just writing. It's how I process life, and I don't do it as much as I should, but it does have a way of healing the spirit.

      It would be my honor to do that for you one day. I might just run into you sometime on the street over in Drovers Gap.

      All best!


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