Yesterday, Friday, was a lazy day. I wasn’t exactly busy, but at the same time I wasn’t eager to do anything. Like writing–
I work on this blog every day. I’ve had people tell me that this isn’t real writing, but then again, if it’s not, what is it? I’m of the opinion that if you write, it doesn’t matter what you write, it’s still writing. I forget who said it–may have been Stephen King–but he said something along the lines of, “If you don’t have ideas coming to you, or you’re finding it difficult to write about anything, start typing out things. Songs you like, your grocery list, names of places you want to visit. Keep typing, and eventually you’ll find get through your block and write.”
That’s why I blog. If I keep writing, every day, then when it comes time to do something I need to write–like a story–then it’s not a problem: I’ll sit right down and get to writing. You’re working on the skill, developing it further, and it will eventually show in your other work.
That’s the hope. As another writer said–the name escapes me at the moment–if after a year or two, your writing hasn’t improved, you haven’t started to take chances with your work, then you’re not growing. You’re not trying to improve, you’re just sort of marking time.
This is my little mountain hall, my blog. I have another, but I’ve been really lazy about going there, and I should do something about that. But this one, the one I’ve stuck with for a little over two years, is my fortress. I have my followers, and you’re all very good to me. A few of you even know me beyond this blog, which is both strange and crazy when I think about it.
I try to think of how I look, sitting in my mountain hall, upon my throne, waiting for my subjects to appear. I could say I’m like the Lady Death of Blogging, but that could be a bit scary, don’t you think? Or am I sitting here in my Witchblade armor, pretty much naked, my body all bent and twisted like I’m constructed out of Rob Liefeld’s best imagination? Maybe I’m more Jean Grey-like, ready to eat a planet on a moment’s notice. Naw, not that: she’s been dead for eight years, though she’ll probably come back to life one of these days–again.
Whatever it is, I’m here, in control of my works and words, and doing both as much as is possible.
I had a couple of people tell me that I’m an inspiration, because I work at this craft every day, and I never seem to give up. It’s not easy–the working part, not the inspiration. I do this because I want to do this, and I want to do it every day for the rest of my life. It’s my dream, you know? But I find it easy to want to give up. I find it easy to walk away, sometimes forever. Quitting is easy–
Writing is hard.
This is post seven hundred and fifty, and in another eight or nine months I’ll have a cool thousand to my name. Sometime in early 2014 I’ll sit down and come up with a cool name for post number one thousand, and recollect. Maybe I’ll even have some good news to tell you about a novel I’ve just published.
Until then, feel free to hang about the fortress.
The Mountain Queen is always in.