Students ask me how I write, what I write, and how I organize my work. So I’ll share some of that with you, on my Creativity Factory Blog, in a new “writing journal” series. You’ll see that even without having all all the answers – no one has all the answers, you figure them out as you write – you can PRODUCE. I hope you find the journal entries useful.
Why Share a Writing Journal?
Today, a huge amount of “how to” writing information flows onto the Web each day. Thousands of blog posts, and more information than any one person could ever read. I contribute to that information, of course, by writing about writing.
When I created my first blog for writers 15 years ago, Creative Small Biz, I worried that no one would read it, and if they did, they wouldn’t use the information.
From memory, one version of that blog was on Blogger, but it could have been a LiveJournal blog. I wish I knew, and not only because of my early blogging. I lost a lot of my archives from the 1990s and up to 2005, through (expletive deleted) PC viruses and dead hard drives, combined with useless backups on Zip disks.
PC mayhem aside, as it turns out, my writing blogs have helped many writers, not only to get their start with writing, but also to build profitable careers. That’s immensely satisfying, Nothing beats the thrill I get when a writer tells me of his latest successes.
But I worry – how useful are all the words I publish about writing? If they don’t help anyone, I might as well just write novels and nonfiction books.
My articles on writing tell you: you do this. Then you do that, and… Writers get confused. They send me messages like, “You said this”, but in this article, you say something else. Which is right? Usually both suggestions/ tips/ processes are right.
In one way, writers get TOO MUCH information, and in another way, not enough. Information is just information, until you apply it, and turn it into knowledge. You need to make that information work for you, in your situation, and that’s HARD.
So, I’ll share more in a writing journal. You’ll see what I’m writing, and something of how I write. My hope is that sharing some of my daily writing struggles and solutions will inspire you in your struggles.
Bookmark this link, or subscribe to the blog, if you want to keep up with the journal. I hope it gives you ideas on how you might build your own writing career, and inspiration and motivation.
Questions? Please ask.