Writing. What does it mean? To me it has always meant using words to create pictures that affect other people. That’s the high flalutin’ answer. The reality is sitting for hours staring at a computer screen, usually with a bad posture, and creating ways to translate what’s in your head to a blank page with correct grammar, spelling and tone. It’s not easy. The biggest obstacle in this process is life. Life will interfere; but, life is the stuff of good writing. You cannot have one without the other. It’s the old writing catch-22.
Today I re-commit to work with my life to fuel this blog; to accept the lemons and combine them with oranges, honey, Himalayan salt and ginger to create a natural hydrating drink without all the sugar and peservatives that is refreshing and delishious.
Succesful blogs focus on one thing. I know that. But for a writer I think that can be fudged a bit; writing needs to be about something. I will continue to write about the craft of writing, but I will also begin to include posts about my life.
When I look at my life it includes things many people struggle with every day:
- Caring for an aging parent
- What’s for dinner
- Giving writing advice
- Living in suburbia
- Working for an hourly wage in a working class area.
- Seeking a job as an over fifty, over weight intelligent woman.
- My dogs.
Over the next year I will attempt to merge these things into one cohesive blog. Can I do it? I don’t know.
Life interrupted the writing of this short post. Life always interrupts, but it is me who stops. I am taking life off the excuse table.
My first challenges are to make my blog easier to navigate and to up my Fitbit step goal 500 steps.