My ninth-grade English teacher’s favorite expression was “Keep percolating.” She used the phrase to prod us when discussing literature or to urge us to take our weekly writing assignments in new and unexpected directions. Her point was not to settle for the first idea that pops in your head. Instead, keep thinking. Keep pushing yourself to think beyond the ordinary.
That refrain has been foundational to my writing. As I look back on the past decade, I can see that my best written pieces are the ones I let percolate. Instead of settling for that first idea, I brainstorm, I revise, I revise again, often flipping the idea by trying a new setting, or new point of view, or new metaphor until I create something that really sparkles.
I’ve gone through this same process with this blog. I’ve played with layout and color, purpose and execution. I’ve written and reflected on numerous entries. I’ve sat back and let it percolate. Now, finally, the brew is ready. After all, coffee can’t percolate forever. At some point it’s time to grab a cup.
So please, pour yourself a cup of hot coffee (or tea, as I prefer) and join me as we celebrate writing, reading and life.