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?
Because I’ll be in Belfast today, I’ve written this blog at an earlier time and scheduled it to post at around the same time I’m shopping for a laptop. Why do I do this? Because I enjoy writing these seemingly effortless 100 word blogs and I’ll persist with them until the 100 days are over.
In the meantime I’ll start updating my other blog in the hope that writing constantly (and thinking constantly about writing) urges me to giddier heights. I am also happy to see people coming along to say hello. It’s you the reader that makes this exercise worthwhile.
The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:
The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.
A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 8,200 times in 2010. That’s about 20 full 747s.
In 2010, there were 188 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 372 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 18mb. That’s about 1 pictures per day.
The busiest day of the year was September 6th with 121 views. The most popular post that day was RANT: Hw d u spel ths wurd.
Where did they come from?
The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, ms19.lnh.mail.rcn.net, mail.yahoo.com, mail.aol.com, and mail.live.com.
Some visitors came searching, mostly for smiley, tipperary crest, sherlock cliffhanger, meaghers pub dublin, and facebookers anonymous.
Attractions in 2010
These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.
RANT: Hw d u spel ths wurd September 2010
Tipperary v Kilkenny: The 2010 All-Ireland Hurling Final By Numbers September 2010
Richard III: Fast and Loose December 2010
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Sherlock: The Great Game…and The Cliffhanger from Hell. August 2010
The Twelve Steps of Facebookers Anonymous. August 2010