First words…

Those special moments when first words tumble from a baby’s mouth bring so much joy to parents.  How we live to hear  Ma-ma or Da-da, utterances of recognition that soon grow into jumbled, giggly little sentences as the toddler emerges.

Vocabulary grows with the child;  the structure of thoughts molds the individual personality of that person.  Emotions are openly expressed…or deliberately hidden.

For adults,  first true words aren’t spoken until much later,  often through writing.  The person behind a book or a blog can be someone else entirely, miles away from all that developmental dialogue that guided them into adulthood.

Does this make sense to you?

In some ways, I’ve always been a writer.  Stories hid inside my head and page after page waited anxiously to be shared with others. Chapters came out in conversation but never managed to land in print until a few years ago when I started writing my book and  “Another cookie, please!” was born.

Then came the great crash!  Read about it here.  I can’t bear to re-hash my stupidity.

Once my panic subsided from the above incident and I entered the world of blogging,  I realized that I hadn’t lost anything.  Not at all. Those words circled in my head like an airplane waiting to land and since I’ve taken the blog-plunge, it feels as if I’ve been doing it forever.

It’s only been a little over one year.  Imagine that!

I see it every day on sites I visit.  People who start blogging to share mommy or other stories; photography, recipes…you name it, they write about it.  Very often they venture out in response to a writing prompt for fun or to try something new.  Their incredible words appear on the screen and the talent behind a post blossoms, as if it had been hiding, just waiting to be urged into the sunshine.

And then…our words run smack dab into a wall, that dreaded Writer’s Slump/ it what you will. That’s where I’ve been of late and from several other bloggers that I’ve visited, it’s fairly contagious.  Actually, it majorly sucks!

This too, shall pass.  I’m sure of that.  The very fact that I finally published this post (which has been glaring at me from my drafts folder for the last three weeks) is evidence that the writing doldrums are easing.  I’m working hard on getting a whole new bunch of first words ready for the reading world.

Eventually. This post doesn’t count.  Just didn’t want my imaginary friends thinking I stopped yapping via my keyboard.




  1. This not so imaginary friend is glad you can feel the words coming back 🙂

  2. katieross83 says:

    Lovely post! I love the thought of "first words" for writers…what a great connection. I'd say the words are coming back, because this is one heckuva good post. But yeah, I've been there SO many times myself. Hate it so much. when you get used to writing and really start enjoying it, you can really miss it while it's gone.

  3. So very true. I did laugh about you saying that people will talk about any and everything. Some really don't have any kind of filter. But I guess that is what makes it interesting. Glad that this venture has taken you here. So we can all enjoy it!

  4. b. lee says:

    awww , wow! missed my frequent visits of "Another cookie, please!" what an awesome post to come back to 😉

  5. Ross says:

    Writers block really does suck! Seeing as I've been flat out since my surgery I've had nothing but time to think about what to write. However it's still not easy writing something with quality that people want to read especially when you have come up with something usually every couple of days. Great post! I hope you enjoy my site as much as I do yours!

  6. Yep – I'm going through it now. Must be the weather?

  7. Ms. Blasé says:

    I wish there were a cure for writer's block because it seems to be WAY more common (and contagious) than the common cold.

  8. I remember loving this! “First Words.” Looking back, I’m so glad I was finally able to release mine. Writing brings both joy and pain, and you can’t really take one without the other.

    Thanks again for this lovely insight.

  9. Sammie Love says:

    I understand and “get” this post! Thakns for sharing it. I came right on time for me since I am re-working my blog site.

  10. Marcy says:

    Sometimes I have done my best “writing” thinking the words through in my head while I am driving to or from work. I need to write them done right away when I arrive or they will be lost.

    • Patty says:

      Sometimes, I write a few words down on a pad, while I’m sitting in traffic, key words that help me put thoughts together for a post. Other times, a song plays on the radio and takes me back to a time, and a story.

      We think alike, Marcy!

      Thanks for stopping by.

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