Writing to Write

I used to get a lot of enjoyment from writing. Even when it was a painstaking 20-page paper in college, there was something about writing that was and still is incredibly liberating and stimulating. Since graduating college though, which helped sculpt me into a relatively skilled writer, I have written less and less each month. Part of this is due to my job as a basketball coach, which requires me to spend much more time analyzing film and talking to recruits than writing essays or blogs. However, writing does not necessitate having a job that requires you to write. It just takes some initial motivation and activation energy to sit down and put pen to paper (update: fingers to keyboard because it’s 2019). So that’s what I’m doing.

It’s been something I’ve wanted to get back into a habit of doing for some time now. Fortunately, I have a smart brother whose own blog (https://thelostteacher.com) and generous conversation has now pushed me to stop pushing it out of the way. As he told me, “I realized I wasn’t really writing for others to approve of my writing; it became a form of reflection and a habit that helped me achieve other goals. It’s ok to write just to write”

That was a phone conversation, so I’m sure I messed up the exact quote, but the message is important. Writing to write. I’m not sure what will come of this or what I’m trying to achieve with my future writing. Right now I am simply writing to write, and that’s all there is to it. I’m not answering a specific question yet. I’m not writing to help a specific audience yet. I’m writing to write, and ideally some good ideas will occur to me along the way.

Writing is fantastic tool, even it’s only a mirror for now and not a loud-speaker. Time will tell what is to come of it. But I’m certainly glad that I finally sat down and found the energy to put my fingers to my keyboard without it being in response to e-mails. Thanks for reading, hopefully my future writing will be more engaging for others. In case you want more of that kind of writing though, my brother has been doing it for quite some time and he is publishing some genuinely interesting blogs — so take a look at his stuff (https://thelostteacher.com) and come back to me later when I know what I’m doing. Cheers.

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Basketball Coach. Youngest of Five. Writer when I feel up to it.

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Shane Loeffler

Shane Loeffler

Basketball Coach. Youngest of Five. Writer when I feel up to it.

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