Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Honk if you Blog!

In my top desk drawer, on the right hand side, lies my special notebook.

This notebook can be best described as a shorthand journal/idea repository.

You see, I was trained to write the old fashioned way. Carry a notebook and a couple of pencils with you at all times, and write down anything you find interesting.

It’s a very handy tool. It’s amazing how the most inconsequential every day happening can really make a scene in a story come alive. It’s the oldest adage in writing…write what you know. If you just happen to have a whole bunch of interesting things recorded in a notebook, it makes this easier.

However, my notebook has been neglected of late. You see, back in England, I had at least 20 or 30 full notepaper refill pads just stuffed with notes, that no-one could understand but me. I’ve not written anything in my new one in quite a while.

I started to use it for post ideas, but that idea didn’t really sit well with me. It seemed almost sacrilegious to put ideas for a silly little blog post in with my more ‘serious’ work, IE, the stuff that may get me published one day.

You see, I never really intended to become a ‘blogger’. I figured it was something to do to stay in practice with my writing and would be something just for me, that almost no-one else would read, and certainly no-one would read twice.

When I first set this blog up, I noticed that someone else had 400 hits. I wondered if I’d ever get to 400 before I got bored and quit.

Well, then this blog took on a life of its own. You see, my biggest problem with writing is keeping the enthusiasm level up on a particular story. I’d start to write, and a few weeks and roughly a hundred thousand words into it, I’d totally lose interest in the idea. I’d start writing Sci-fi, but then something would grab my attention, and I’d want to write Fantasy. The first idea would go out the window, and I’d start on the new one. Then I’d want to write horror, or adventure.

Blogging is perfect for me. You see, when I lose interest in an idea, I’ll put it to one side, and use this blog to keep in practice until I get excited about the idea again.

Well, ‘Life, What the Hell is Going On?’, is rapidly approaching 10,000 hits, a figure I never dreamed of. Now, while I’m finding it harder to come up with material without going over old ground, I’m still enjoying it immensely, and I hope all of you out there are enjoying it to.

I’d like to end today by giving out a huge thank you to all my regular readers who put up with my almost daily babble in order to keep me motivated.

Thank you all!


SquirrleyMojo said...

sounds like a Lemony post . . .

Paulius said...

What's a lemony post?

OzzyC said...

I think a Lemony post is something like a Lemony Snicket. But that's not what I was gonna say.

What I was really gonna say is that we seem to blog for similar reasons, though they're not exactly the same. That sounds like a post idea though, so I won't talk about the whole thing now.

Kato said...

You're welcome. Keep writing, we'll keep reading.

MC Etcher said...

Honk Honk!

You're welcome!

MC Etcher said...

Honk Honk!

I wouldn't keep coming back if your blog wasn't good - I have no choice!