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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Writing, Blogging - Not For The Faint of Heart by Maureen McMahon

Blog, blog, blog…Okay, so sue me, I’m not all that crazy about blogs. Who knows whose going to read them? What if your blog attracts a cult of crazed mass-murderers? Or suicide prone individuals who need just that one word to push them over the edge? It’s dangerous, in my opinion. That said, I’ll do my best… and with determination not to encourage murder or personal mutilation.

It’s not easy being a writer. People seem to think if you get paid to write, you’re the luckiest person alive. But it’s not easy. Of course we have our days when it just flows – when the words just tumble out one on top of the other and it becomes like a stream then a river and you simply can’t stop. But those days are most often surrounded by days when the words just won’t come and we have to pry them one by one from the dark, tight recesses of our creative minds. And then they don’t often fit properly. A hodge-podge of words that just don’t work together the way we want them to. “But,” we say, “never mind. Tomorrow might be better.” It rarely is.

Then of course we have editors waiting and tapping their feet. Will we have the story finished in time? Will it be any good? So on top of our own pressure to perform, we have the added responsibility of a deadline. After all, it’s not just our story anymore, it’s meant to bring income to a great many people. No dilly-dallying! Evolving creativity can’t hold a candle to the push and shove of the giant publishing machine.

But, okay, let’s face it, making money from our thoughts is one of the best ego-trips around. If you make money, that is. Gone are the days when publishing a novel will put you on Easy Street. Publishing a novel every six months might make life a little more comfortable, but it’s not a ticket to the limo or prime seats at the opera.

This is not meant to put anyone off writing. On the contrary, if anything it’s meant to encourage writers to follow their hearts. Don’t get caught up in the glamour or glitz you may think goes along with writing. Stick to your personal voice and style. Keep learning. Like what you write. When those days come along where the words simply don’t want to come, keep writing anyway and know it’s natural. And if your work is accepted by a publisher, enjoy it, but don’t lose track of the real reason you started writing in the first place. Most of you will realize in the end that you write because you love it. It’s part of you. And without it, you simply wouldn’t be the same.

And if you’re a mass murderer, or suicide prone, please take up knitting instead of reading blogs. G’day.


At 4:41 PM, August 15, 2006, Blogger Chris said...

How true, Maureen! Some people think writing is all $$$ and glitz, no one has a clue that it's really ripping out your heart and spreading it on paper.


At 10:14 PM, August 16, 2006, Blogger Ashley Ladd said...

You have to be driven to write. It's not a guaranteed track to easy street.

But if you love it, and you'd rather write than breathe, and if you're going to write to please yourself anyway, WRITE!!!

99% of the writing, is NOT glitz. It's hard work. The only glitz MIGHT come if the author goes to a writer's conference and dresses up in all that bling for a few hours while schmoozing it up. Most of it is WORK. I get paid to write at my day job and I get paid to write my fiction stories. It's a JOB, and a CAREER, but hey! To me, it's the best job and career around. I love it, despite hurry up, gruelling edits, and promotion.

As far as stalkers and crazy people, they'll find any public figure with or without a blog. My kids and I take taekwondo daily and will soon be black belts. I feel sorry for the person who tries to harm any of us.

At 4:18 PM, August 17, 2006, Blogger Elizabeth Delisi said...

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At 4:20 PM, August 17, 2006, Blogger Elizabeth Delisi said...

Hey! Let the mass murderers take up macrame! I'm a knitter and I don't want to have to look over my shoulder and keep an extra sharpened knitting needle nearby. ;-)


At 12:53 AM, August 20, 2006, Blogger Kim Cox said...

Well said, Maureen.

"Like what you write." How true. I'm a pretty sporadic writer these days. There are days when I don’t write anything and a writer should write something everyday. I’m getting older, it’s harder to concentrate – especially if there are others around. So, if I’m writing a story and don’t finish, I have to go back and reread everything I’ve written to that point. And the more I’ve already written, the more I have to read before I can start to try to finish it. This is to refresh the story, the idea I had then back into my mind now. Writing is hard work, and I make it harder on myself by the way I do it. But I have to tell you, sometimes going back and reading gives me a lift. I’ll read and think this is good. Did I really write this! Then other times, did I really write this. YUCK!


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