When my first post went live, I had no expectations of an audience other than my closest writing friends. I planned to mimic their blogging style by sharing the work-in-progress. Any subsequent conversation would be about critique, with boos and yeahs coming forth according to my skillset and the whim of my readers.
Blogging became much more when I ended up discovering an alter ego. She was a bit zany, a tad humorous, and all about the citrus. Somehow, the Tart made blogging feel like exploration. We had a lot of fun together.
Then something happened on the way to the computer, and by “something” I mean “family stuff.”
It no longer seemed consistently possible to access a clownish headspace. For the most part, my focus shifted to service. Could I provide something actually useful? In many ways, it was a return to my caregiver persona–the days of being Dr. Jan.
But you know what I thoroughly enjoy? The blogging equivalent of this hairstyle:
Fun and utility together.
If you’re interested, I think I’ve successfully accomplished that balance in my recent post for Writer Unboxed, When Dark Emotions Threaten Your Writing. (If you don’t write, I’m told it holds wisdom for the real world.)
For the sake of thoroughness, here are my other recent and as-yet unmentioned posts.
- Bring Out Your Story Scalpels–an introduction to a Writer Unboxed bookclub in which we dissect breakout novels so as to improve our writing. (If you share the same goals, you’d be welcome!)
- Plane Crashes and Writing: Six Sources of Common Ground–features the ToolMaster’s latest exploits and how marriage can influence the writing path.
- Politics: Infuriating, Inescapable, and a Writer’s Best Friend?–Politics can teach us about story structure, antagonists, and the use of backstory, among other things.
Zesties, has your blogging voice evolved with time? If your blog was a haircut, what style would you pick?