I was all over the place today. My strategy to fix Day 13‘s post was to list some common beginner-writer questions, and somehow blend them into the yesterday’s post. I didn’t know how to introduce this concept, so I tried free-writing my way to an introduction. But in ten minutes I’d gotten so completely off track, that instead of re-writing yesterday’s post, I used up my time re-writing this post.
This worked out great. By taking the time to creatively free-write (instead of frantically editing yesterday’s mess), I uncovered a whole new way of approaching this topic.
I know my posts have been terribly disorganized, but I hope you’re enjoying this “behind the scenes” look at starting a blog.
I promise by Day 100 I’ll have it all mapped out so if you’re joining me before then, thank you for your patience.
As usual, Unedited First Draft on top, Rewrite on the bottom.
— UNEDITED FIRST DRAFT (the free-write I mentioned above) —
I blog about writing for non-writers. This blog is for people who want to become writers but don’t know what to write about and don’t think their writing is good enough. (1)
In yesterday’s post, I did an exercise that most writer’s use: I took a quote and used it as a writing prompt. I had no real plan for this piece of writing, other than completing my 100DayChallenge writing piece fro the day. (2)
I thought I’d write something inspiring and forward thinking, but instead, my writing guided me to the past, which I didn’t like. Today I want to take the first step in fixing yesterday’s post. Although it told you a little bit about who I am, it didn’t really help your writing journey. (3)
And that’s the main reason you’re here: to get help on your writing journey.
When I started writing, I had an endless list of questions and the two answers I’d find most were:
– read more
– write more
I easily followed the “read more” advice, but I always got stuck on the “write more”. (4)
– write about what?
– I don’t like what I’ve written.
– I don’t understand grammar.
– I can’t get the words that sound clear in my head to make sense on the paper.
– I don’t have a writing degree.
– I have all these ideas, but they don’t go anywhere.
– What if no one reads it?
– What if I sound stupid?
– I don’t always have time to write.
– I hate editing.
– Writing is painful and not writing is painful.
– I’ve been a bad writer my whole life, how can I change that now?
— PAUSE —
Instead of a list of questions, what came out of this free-write was a bulleted list of feelings. I’ve paused because this idea of swapping out a list of questions for a list of feelings, feels more exciting to write about.
So I’ll start again, wondering:
“How a writer feels.”
“What a writer questions.”
I’m not completely rewriting the piece, but I can look back to each paragraph and infuse some “feeling” into it.
— END PAUSE —
Here are the rewritten paragraphs with (references) to the previous ones written above.
— REWRITE —
(1st Paragraph Rewrite: “I blog about writing..”)
Even though I’m still a new writer with little writing advice to give, I feel called to blog about writing. All I ever want to do is talk about writing, especially the hard moments when you don’t know what to write, or don’t know how to say it.
(2) Yesterday, I felt something when I read Mr. Lincoln’s quote. I had no plan or outline for the piece, so I wrote his words: “The best way to predict your future is to create it”, at the top of my page and free-wrote below, following my feelings and exploring my thoughts.
(3) But the finished piece didn’t feel right; good blogs entertain and inform, and this piece did neither. So I’m back today, hoping to fix it.
New writers have a lot of questions, and the two most popular answers you’ll find are: “read more” and “write more”. Which is reasonable advice, but it didn’t always help me put pen to paper. I still had doubts, like:
– What if I don’t know what to write about?
– What if it’s not written right?
– What if I don’t have time to write every day?
– Why is writing so painful and the act of not writing equally painful?
I wish I had the time to write a stronger conclusion but my time is up for today.
Follow me on Instagram @onemomswords to see what happens on Day 15 when I try to merge Day 13 & 14′ posts.
This is a new blog: no purpose yet, no images yet, no clear sense yet, just words, lots of tangled words.