Monday, April 03, 2006

A severe case of writers blog

I have just been over to the Pundy House where all hell is breaking loose (not going to tell, pop over and see), but it brought up something that I've been thinking about over the last week or so. To blog or not to blog, that is the writers question. As I said below I wasn't sure what I was going to use this blog for at the begining and it seems that other writers have had the same thoughts. I have come to my own conclusions about this.

I have been writing for a long time and I can't stop, won't stop, shouldn't stop. I would write the back of cereal packets if someone would let me ( and pay me handsomely). There is not a day that goes by where I don't work on the next chapter, stanza, short story. I carry numerous books around to scribble in secretly, at work, on a bus, on holiday (that is when I can't get away with dragging along the lappy). In short I am a wordyholic with a severe case of letterage!

The blog, in the short time that I have been present in this world, does two things. It gives me my own mental gym, a place to warm up before I concentrate on the stuff that could be making me some money. I deliberately took on a different persona in order to allow that inner person free (I'm not actually called Minx, no, really!).

It also is a place in which to cleanse my mind and lay down all the weird/ normal kind of stuff that I carry around with me day to day. This was stuff that I crammed into my straining diary, stuff that was taking me far too long to write by hand (although I have issues about that as well).

I spent quite a long time as a blogeur, reading lives all around the world but never entering the hallowed halls. I found that instead of having a walk around the garden when I needed to get the next paragraph or sentence worked out, I could read a familiar blog and detach for a while. Now I've just taken the next step and found it has the same effect.

In short, this blog is starting to fill the gap in my time/space continuum and allows me more time to be the focussed, dedicated writer that I want to be. Now I've just got to figure out how I can fit in painting, walking on the cliffs, swimming, shopping etc.......guess I'll just have to wait until they invent a virtual blog for all the other things I can't fit in around work!


Shameless said...

Well said, Minx. I have found this blog thing quite inspiring and it is turning out to be a wonderful outlet. I've found though that I have to set a limit, otherwise I would be sitting in front of the screen for hours on end. Outside, now, for example, it is gorgeous blue sky and I will be ordering myself away to enjoy it. The danger of the writer is getting so bogged down in the words that they forget to look up and taste what it is they're writing about. And, as you pointed out in a previous post, there's that bloody loo that needs cleaning (or not).

Minx said...

I have put the 'L' word out of my life for now as I've just got to a rather interesting chapter