I’m not the queen of exercise, but I’ve dabbled in it from time to time. I know that before I go on a hike, I should stretch my calves and hamstrings, or risk suffering several days of misery. Okay, misery might be a bit dramatic, but un-stretched and overworked muscles do have a way of letting me know they’re not happy with me.
I understand that if my husband finally talks me into hiking the Grand Canyon with him (not likely), I will have to train for it. I would have to build up my endurance over several months, choosing hikes that increase in difficulty. Hiking mountains is much easier. Since climbing up is more difficult, when I get tired, I simply stop and head back down. Without proper conditioning, I’m fairly sure I could make it to the bottom of the canyon – getting back out is the problem…and I’m certain of only one thing: my husband wouldn’t carry me out 🙂
A while back, I read a post from someone who expressed disappointment in writers’ blogs without “real” publishable writing and irrelevant posts about the writer’s life. Of course, I disagree with this view. I don’t think it’s feasible to always post creative writing pieces just because of the amount of time it takes to craft a story. Besides, if the writer spent all this time working on stories to post on a blog, there’s not much (if any) time left to work on other projects. Oh, and once a story is posted on the internet, it’s considered published, so it can’t be submitted to magazines, e-zines or contests. If a writer wants to follow these publishing routes, then why on earth would they post an abundance of “real” writing on their blog?
Here’s how I look at it: my blog is where I stretch my writing mind. Just like I stretch my legs before a hike, my blog topics are creative calisthenics that get my brain limber for my stories and novel planning. My blog helped me find my writing voice and I have no doubt that this outlet will continue to spur my creativity. This will be helpful, because soon I will write the first words of my new second novel.
My blog topics aren’t always writing-related, but I am more than my writing. I’ve got several aspects of my personality that serve the different areas of my life, and they can’t always be separated. Some may consider my posts trivial or irrelevant. That’s okay because my mind is loosened up and ready to write. And I mean “real” writing!** 🙂
** I’ve got a few stories (all less than 1,500 words) that I will post here over the next few months. Some of the stories are contest non-winners (I hate to say “losers”) but I want to post them here since I know I won’t publish them otherwise. I don’t enjoy searching through sources to find compatible outlets or writing queries for short stories. I’d rather spend my time writing my novel and more short stories.
I think blogs are a fun break from the writing journey we embark on alone, together.
What does the “blog experience” mean to you?