Core story. What central story is at the core of you, and how do you share it with the world? (Bonus: Consider your reflections from this month. Look through them to discover a thread you may not have noticed until today.)
There is absolutely a central story at the core of me, but I do not share it with the world. And am not going to start now.
This blog has intermittently focused more on the personal than on the professional, but even if you read all of those personal posts, I’m not sure that you’d gain much of a picture of who I am at heart, or why. That’s so in no small part because even where the narratives I relate have become personal, the project on the whole has always been a public one, bound up in the range of writing I hope to do across my career.
If there’s a central story in that writing, however, I think it has to do — has for years had to do — with the ways that reading and writing, of many different kinds, are changing in networked spaces such as these. The ways that reading and writing have become intertwined. The ways that we engage with one another through our writing.
This, in any case, is the direction I’m headed in the project I’m starting up. Reverb has been fantastic, in getting me writing here again, in forcing me to stretch my thinking to accommodate some prompts to which I simply did not want to respond. It’s been a form of enforced discipline that’s pushed me to remember that I often have things worth saying even when I feel I’m at a loss. Here’s hoping I can bring some of that discipline to the other kinds of writing I plan to do in the coming year.
Happy new year, all.