I started to blog mainly to improve my writing style, I have done online courses on writing fiction and so on and so forth. But it doesn’t help to only do the course, perfection comes with practice. I am sure some of you that have been part of my two year long journey will agree that I have developed and improved quite a bit.
I have been blessed with an artistic flair and it has been a lifelong dream of mine to make my art my career. But I had no idea how or in what way. It was only a few years ago that I decided I want to be a writer. I bought a book on improving my writing skills, which I still haven’t finished due to time constraints. But I was determined to write my first novel.
Easier said than done. There are days where I feel such an urge to write something, but when I sit down in front of my computer I will sit and stare at the blank screen. I believe they call it writer’s block. In the years that followed I started with background ideas, character sketches and eventually started. Then the major set-back! I managed to finish five chapters of my first novel, and then my laptop crashed. Being as bad with doing back-ups as I am, I lost everything. But I learned my lesson, now I keep at least 3 copies of everything, doesn’t matter how insignificant it may seem, I might just need it someday.
After this loss, I was deeply disheartened. I did not have the strength or motivation to start with a novel again. But still I had the urge to write. So I started blogging. It has been such a fulfilling journey. And the bonus is, I get feedback on what I publish, not to mention the people that share the love of writing I met along the way.
Another reason why I started blogging, I am an Insomniac. I can be deathly tired, but when the time comes to go to sleep, my mind will be racing and I will end up staring at the roof. A lot of the time, that is when I get out of bed and start writing something, clearing my head. Most of my ‘What is…?’ series was written in the dark early morning hours.
Sometimes, I write to spread an awareness about a certain topic. Other times I just write about whatever I can think of. Is that not part of the passion for words? To let your imagination roam freely? At least all these thoughts I pen down might be useful someday. Maybe one day, I will need something that I have blogged about previously for one of my books.
I have started several novels again, all still in the development stage, maybe I will finish all of them, maybe I will only finish one. Only time will tell. One thing I can tell you for sure. Although there are times where I can’t get to blogging as much as I want to, I will never stop.