I would like to be a better writer. I know I don't have the vocabulary. It would take too long to really increase my vocabulary and I know I won't take the time to try. I have always felt that I could communicate to people what I want to express, but know that to a writer or critic that my language is not good enough. I know that I am not good enough to even want to be critiqued. My spelling is horrendous and even with a spell checker sometimes I can't come up with the correct spelling. Sometimes I have to change the wording of a sentence because I can't spell the word I want to use.
I always thought I had a good imagination, but I can't come up with original ideas for a story. I can relate something that has happened and get my point, if I have a point, across. I try to write the way people talk. That comes more naturally to me, but most people I know don't talk using proper English. I know I use too many contractions to suit a critic, but that is the way I normally talk and I write the way I talk to a certain extent.
How do you get the imagination to come up with stories? I'm to old and impatient to spend many hours trying to come up with the ideas that I need.
There have been a few people on Gather who have prodded me some to do a better job when writing. I have appreciated this and the way it was handled. No real critiquing or criticizing, just mainly hints and offers to help. I am going to name a few who I remember. Jim Ross has hinted a couple of times so subtly that at first I did not even recognize it. Donna has been extra nice in the way she has tried to help. The way Sandy has handled a few remarks has impressed me. I don't know if Sandy even remembers me.
I don't even know why I'm writing this. I just thought that writing about what I was thinking might help. I haven't even decided whether to publish this or not. I do wonder what responses I would get, if any.