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January 16, 2010 at 10:52 am | Posted in Writing and Life | 1 Comment
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 Why I am starting a blog

I have never blogged before. Oh, I have written comments on many blogs, on news items – especially on the ABC (Aust.) news website, on petitions, and so on. I have written a few articles on various topics that have been published here and there. But I have never written a blog.  It is a rather scary thing to do, I think, to commit yourself to writing regularly, to post literate, considered and, hopefully, interesting entries.

A friend, recently deceased, had a blog on WordPress. He was a talented, knowledgeable writer. I would like to be half as good as he was, and if I get to that level I will be happy. But my style is not his style, his knowledge was different to my own, as was his experience, and I will not write as he did. What I would like to do is just write, consistently and at a reasonable standard.

I don’t know really, if I am doing the right thing by blogging. It may take away time from my other writing, and I have not been disciplined enough in that. I write in my journal almost every day, but that is personal stuff. What I would like to write here needs to go beyond that, to write with purpose, to write something of interest, but mostly to develop my self-discipline as a writer.

Although I have been writing creatively for about five years, I have just made my first submission to a large publisher. My novel for early teens has taken about four years to write, from the time I first had the idea. I have just finished the writing, and the re-writing needed to attract the attention of a publisher. I am sure it would have taken far less time if I could have made myself write when I didn’t feel like it, or when I was lacking inspiration.  I am pleased to say though, that I have already begun the sequel. I hope it will be written this year.

The other short stories, poems and children’s novels that I’ve written were my training ground. A few have had success, and some have been published. I know I can write. Now I want to get into the habit of  writing when I am unmotivated, tired, lazy, busy with other things, or sparkling with ideas and words. That is what committing myself to this blog is about. The journey begins.

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  1. Welcome to blogging! Your writing is well known to me, and we share the respect for our late mutual friend’s writing. I look forward to travelling the blogging road with you.

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