A Purpose and a Method

“The only end of writing is to enable the readers better to enjoy life, or better to endure it.” Samuel Johnson, an 18th-century English poet, essayist and biographer.

If it isn’t funny, or fascinating or encouraging, or all three, why put quill to parchment? Reality requires some relief. Doesn’t it? Whether it is Johnson’s 18th-century or our 21st, it is, at its best, a source of joy and or relief.

Those of us who appreciate that and love to write need ideas. “Ideas aren’t magical; the only tricky part is holding on to one long enough to get it written down.” Lynn Abbey, an American writer.

That is why in our 21st- century our cellphones are so helpful. In those brief moments in which we are prompted, that cellphone is right there to take it all in for now, or later.

I knew there was a reason they invented those things.