Throw-away first sentence

When I was in high school, I was an essay-writing machine. Once I got started, I rarely had trouble meeting a word count requirement. All I had to do was get past that first sentence. I remember my dad once advising me to write anything for my first sentence – it didn’t have to be good, it didn’t have to stay in the final draft, it just had to beĀ something. Because once I got that first sentence out of the way, everything else would follow naturally. But that first sentence could derail an entire evening of productive essay-writing.

I feel similarly about this blog post. I haven’t published a post since July, and I’m having trouble bridging the gap between then and now. If you’ve ever listened to me try to tell a story, you know how important chronology is to me. I can’t distill the main point without a lot of background information to contextualize it. Similarly, I’m finding it difficult to just jump back into blogging without some kind of explanation for what I’ve been doing over the past 3+ months. But, a detailed, personal post just out of the blue feels unnatural as well. Not to mention presumptuous (You know, because I’m sure you’ve been checking every day with baited breath since my last post, wondering what happened? Where did she go? What is she doing? Is she ever coming back?). I have a good 6 or 7 drafts that I started between my last published post and now – I just haven’t been able to finish any of them for one reason or another.

So, this is my “throw-away first sentence” post – the one that doesn’t matter, just to get the ball rolling again. My hope is that I will be able to start writing more consistently again – we’ll see if this does the trick…