Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The agony of art, the bounty of blogging Part 2 of 2

Like every frustrated wanna be writer, I’ve always wanted to write a novel. I give up. I can’t: my respects to those who can. I get bored - same old story. I already know how it’s going to go. Ho bloody hum. It takes ages. It’s too much like work. It is work. I’m lazy. People who write books are demi-gods who actually dedicate themselves to writing. I kiss their feet (metaphorically speaking, please note. I’m not actually kissing any actual tootsies here).

Short stories: I’ve written a few. Some of it is quite pretty: twist in the tale, that sort of thing, but I don’t know…. I’m never quite happy. I tend to get terribly serious when I write that sort of thing. I’m not a very serious person, but I’m also only really funny when I’m not trying to be either serious or funny. Honestly: anyway, the result is insipid on the whole.

But here we are in the bloogo-whatsit and we can say anything we like. Oh wow. We can write about something different every day. Double wow. Triple wow. It doesn’t have to be so many words long, with information presented in such and such an order: we have total freedom. The power! The power!

Oh yes, and affirmation too. Sometimes people actually comment. I like that. It doesn’t matter what they say, they read my scattered scribblings and actually made a comment. Thanks to those of you who have, and to those of you who haven’t, but read from time to time anyway.

So this is it: not my finest hour (sounds like work, once again), not the most beauteous words ever to spring onto a page (couldn’t possibly. Sorry), not the funniest (although I hope for the odd smile. Smiling is good), nothing superlative whatsoever, but I’m writing. I’m enjoying it. I hope you do.


  1. Have you read "The Artist Way"? It is designed to help bring out your creativity. I like it.

  2. You hit the nail on the head- precisely what I love about blogging is the bits and pieces way to write. In fact- I really enjoy writers who write in bits and pieces. The novels I like the most are the ones that don't drone on and on and on- but move here to there to there. Like bloggers do.
    From what little I know about writers- and it ain't much- it's that every day writing thing that hones your art.
    I use to read lots of novels- now I mostly read bits and pieces of how to books, magazines and blogs. I feel shame about that- well sure- but it's what I find interesting. I still read the occasional novel- but if it doesn't hook me quick- I'm done.
    You've hooked me here. I'm hooked, hooked, hooked.


  4. Speaking of writing- check out this link: http://easystreetprompts.blogspot.com/p/easy-street-carnival-of-writing-and-art.html
    I saw it today and thought of your blog.

  5. I'm afraid I don't read as much as I'd like to either. There are so many things to DO! I'm rather proud of that pic, so thanks for noticing it, Pamo. I'm off to check out the link!
    Israel: I'll have to look out for that book, and then I'll have to find the time to read it. I will if I find it though! Thanks for the recommendation.