Writing About Writing
I don’t claim to know how to write but I have some opinions. I’ve written some posts that I would gladly force people that I don’t like very much to read and reread and I’ll probably write some more like that. But I have some rules that seem to help to keep the regrettable ones down to a minimum.
Write for yourself. Apparently you should dance like nobody is watching. I tried it once and it didn’t go too well, I attempted a robot dance in a nightclub and when I opened my eyes everyone was watching, in a state of bemusement and amusement. I think it’s more befitting of writing, write like nobody is going to read it. Admittedly sometimes it doesn’t take the biggest mental adjustment to arrive at that place, sometimes people don’t read but that’s okay too. You will never please all the people all the time but your greatest asset as a blogger is your voice, it would be a shame to compromise it.
Have layers. You don’t spend all of your time being serious, jovial, informative or observant; your personality has many layers. I enjoy reading those blogs that mix up the style of the writing, it gives a greater insight into the blogger themself which is what I want as a reader; blogs after all do have a slightly voyeuristic quality.
Don’t imitate. We all have our favourite blogs, enjoy them but don’t try to be them. Imitation might be the highest form of flattery but it’s not achievable or believable over any sort of duration. I am sure there are lots of other posts in a similar vain to this one but I chose not to read any of them because I wanted the content to be my own, it’s much easier to write when the thoughts and emotions are all your own.
Evolve. People change with the seasons, let your content do the same if those changes feel like a better fit. What started out life as a parenting blog began to feel restrictive and one dimensional. I enjoy blogging so much more now that I have spread my wings and dip into other areas of life at will. You can’t force something to fit if your hearts not in it.
No regrets. People aren’t just judging your writing, whether you like it or not they are making judgements and forming opinions about you each and every time you write something. Be at peace with whatever you put out there, if you aren’t quite sure about a post then don’t publish it, trust your instincts. Regardless of whether other people remember the bits and pieces that you regret, you will always remember them.
What rules, theories or opinions do you have about writing? Are you a better writer now than when you started?
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