RT Cunningham

Improvising, Playing it by Ear, Making it up as I Go Along, Winging it

The title of this article says everything about improvising except that I’m tired of it. It’s one of the reasons I don’t write the way I used to write.

Improvisation is great for comedy (look at the success of “Saturday Night Live”). It isn’t any good for filling in the gaps when trying to create an information article (or group of articles).

These days, I’m aiming for quality as opposed to volume and I still fail most of the time.

Improvising and all its Metaphors

Yes, I used three of the metaphors for “improvising” in the article title and I have a good reason for it. I’m way more likely to use one of the metaphors than the word they represent.

I own three laptops that work. I own a desktop computer that doesn’t (it needs a new power supply). If I wasn’t intent on writing somewhat regularly, I’d probably own zero of both. I’m probably be keeping up with the rest of the world using Facebook (or some other social network) on my phone.

My point? I’m making it up as I go along and I shouldn’t be.

A Change of Plans

I’ve improvised for too long. It’s time for me to move on, to find a niche that interests me. I’m tired of winging it when I don’t have all the information I need.

I’ve played it by ear for most of the last 10 years. Too long, I think, to not have a solid road map getting me from point A to point B.

I never thought of what I was doing as anything other than writing whatever came to mind. It wasn’t until recently that I realized I was improvising more than anything else.

Today, at this moment, I have no idea which direction I’m heading. I only know that I’m actively looking for something completely different.

October 16, 2016

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