Image c/o Hugh Macleod: gapingvoid.com
It may look easy, but blogging on a daily basis, be it in 100 words or otherwise, requires persistence and discipline. There is a world full of material from which to write about; all the writer and blogger has to do is sit down and write, goddamnit.
For the last 100 days, that’s what I did. Fighting back the odd case of I don’t wanna, I have completed what has been by and large an enjoyable exercise. But the journey is far from over. I will continue to post daily, but won’t hamper myself with word counts. Let the blogging continue forthwith.
So an entire country rejoices and has the party to end all parties, right? Someone somewhere is playing the soundtrack to The Wizard of Oz and Wicked. After all, no one mourns the wicked.
But once the celebrations wind down, once the dust has been cleared away, once all the bodies have been found and identified, an entire country is faced with an uncertain political future. The Libyans knew what it was they didn’t want. Now they have to work together and find out what it is they do want. It won’t be easy, especially with the world watching.
Unless you were born in a test tube, you have a mother. By and large they’re in a class of their. Not everyone has a great relationship with their mother, so I consider myself fortunate and indeed blessed that my mother an I get on well.
So when a 70-year-old woman tells her 46-year-old son that he should spend less time surfing the net and drinking copious amounts of coffee, and more time looking after his health and getting proper sleep, you know he should really listen. After all, if your mother can’t have your best interests at heart, who can?
Posted in 100 Days, 100 Words, Blogging, health
Tagged blogging, Coffee, Families, Family, Insomnia, internet, Sleep, TestTube
Theorizing that one could write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days, Writer James McShane turned on this laptop and typed.
He wrote until he found himself stuck in the zone, facing words and images that he had created, and driven by an Unknown Force to change plot points for the better.
His only guide on his journey is You, a reader that James can neither see nor hear. And so, Writer McShane finds himself leaping from chapter to chapter, from character to character, striving to put down one word after another, hoping each time that the next word will be the last.
Posted in 100 Days, 100 Words, Blogging, writing
Tagged Arts, NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, Online Writing, Quantum Leap, Uphill Writing, Word count, Writer Resources, writing, Writing Exercises
One of the things I miss when I’m away (apart from my bed, that is) is my electric shower. You know the type I mean: flick a switch and water comes out, at the rate you want and, more importantly, at the temperature you want. Too many times I’ve had to wrestle with showers that have lives of their own. You know the sort I mean: water dribbles out at a rate snails would be proud of, and at a temperature that would make volcanoes seethe with envy. Is it too much to ask for a little consistency around here?
Posted in 100 Days, 100 Words, Blogging, Musings
Tagged Bathroom, Business, Chucky, Home and Garden, Shopping, Shower, Water, Water heating
Each of us, I think, has something we can’t live without, despite it being detrimental to our health and way of life. For some it could be alcohol, cigarettes, fatty food, salt or prescription/non-prescription drugs. Most of us are aware that such addictions can kill us.
But what about those addictions that are not fatal? If you could, would you be able to give up using the Internet, drinking coffee, buying too many books, eating too much chocolate, or possessing an unrealistic view of mankind and all its stupidity?
But enough about me. What should YOU live without?
Posted in 100 Days, 100 Words, Blogging, Life, writing
Tagged Addictions, Addictive behaviour, Alcoholism, Behavioral issues, Books, cigarettes, drug dependency, health, internet, Medical prescription, Pharmacy, Prescription drug, Substance abuse
As a writer I’m about as prolific as film maker Terrence Malick. But this salient fact doesn’t take away from the urgency I feel whenever I let my sense of creativity lapse into the doldrums. Writing, quite simply, is something I must do; an activity that is as much part of my nature as the need for food, water, coffee, sleep, friendship and more coffee. If I lack in any of these essentials, I suffer. So it is when I don’t write in a way that’s meaningful. (Emails and texts don’t count. Blogs do – but only to a degree.)
In case you’re wondering (and I hope you are), this is not just another blog about writing. There are many to choose from on the Internet (among the very best is my friend Richard Scott’s Uphill Writing), so I don’t particularly want to add to an already growing list. Rather I want to write about my writing. By this I mean my reasons for wanting to be a writer, the highs my chosen life brings, the lows it hits me with, my dreams and nightmares.
I don’t really believe in writer’s block per se. I just know that I have an inherent laziness that needs to be conquered if I want to get anywhere near realising my dream of publication (by any media on offer, not just the traditional way). And so I’m beginning a new series of articles on this blog. I mean to dig deep into my heart and mind and offer to you the reader an insight of how I might shrug off my ennui and get stuff done. It is only by writing that stuff will get done.
I look forward to your company.
An email from a great and respected friend only confirmed what I already knew. The apparent success of these mini-blogs has inspired me to go one step further.
From next week, as well as continuing my 100 Words, 100 Days project, I shall begin a new series tentatively titled Adventures in Writing. I look forward to the challenge of putting down my own views on the creative process that has fascinated me from a very young age.
I have some set ideas to start off the series, but where it eventually leads to, I have no real clue. Let’s see, shall we?