Writing can be a rather lonely pursuit most of the time. The writer needs to fully concentrate on the task at hand and spend many hours alone getting words down on paper (or at least on the hard-drive). Seminars and conferences are fine for mixing with other writers, publishers and agents. If a writer becomes a conference junkie, or tries to attend every seminar, workshop or festival there is often little time left for the real work of being a writer.
The real work of being a writer – is writing. There is no easy way out. To write a 100,000 word novel, the writer has to write down or type every word. There is no easy path to success. It is a hard slog, and can be very lonely.
Blogging can be different
Writing a blog can be a quite different. One of the delights I have discovered with blogging is the sense of community that develops. On my three blogs I have a very real sense of a community of readers developing as the weeks go by. More and more people are coming to visit, to revisit, to comment and even start up conversations with me via email.
It is the connections we make with one another via our blogs that fascinate and excite me. In recent days I have have the delight of two significant blogs making a link with this blog, and writing some flattering comments about my blog on their blogs.
My special thanks to Rick and Anne. (Sorry – the link to Rick’s site no longer works.)
- The Golden Pencil – Anne Wayman – the Freelance Writer’s Resource.
Updated November 2013.
Thank you for the link, Trevor.
There are three main reasons I like blogging:
a. It give me the opportunity to express what I know or feel I know in the public eye.
b. The community that develops around blogs.
c. The intellectual stimulation I get from learning and seeing other people’s point of view.
Thank you for what you’re doing here to allow these things to happen. 🙂
One of the significant things about blogging for me, especially in the last six months, has been the discipline of (almost) daily writing. I have written far more this year than any other year by a long stretch and have still nearly three months to go. (I’m on track to write over a quarter of a million words this calendar year, twice the previous best year.)
I also agree that the intellectual stimulation is very important.