Blogging is fun isn't it? Everybody does it. Everybody has something say, and the inter-web gives us all a soap box to stand on to say it.
Like most people I've done a considerable amount of blogging in the past. Being an active user of the web since 1996 (when my girlfriend at the time, Marama, bought me a 28.8k modem for Christmas!) to being involved in web site design since 1999/2000 (when I launched Australia's first ever streaming film and music website) to now running my own SEO company, it's fair to say I've wasted no end of time writing and posting stuff on line.
But blogging, for serious writers, is a two edged sword. On the one hand, blogging allows you to share your views on (whatever) with the world (a good thing). While on the other blogging sucks up all your free time, and prevents you from actually doing the writing that matters (finishing your new novels or screenplays or whatever). This is one of the reasons I stopped seriously blogging a few years ago.
So why are you back, I hear the people in the cheap seats cry out?
To be honest with you, I don't really know why I've suddenly got the urge to blog again. But as with any itch, it's best to scratch it lest the urge become overwhelming. This blog, on ThatActionGuy.cm will house my thoughts on novel writing, screenwriting, movies, and the craft of writing as a whole. So if you're a writer, or interested in the craft, please pop on by regularly. As, separate to my own musings, I will be posting / re-posting other writing articles I come across in my endless hours of using the web as a form of procrastination from actually writing!
Oh, and so far as your own writing goes…let me just remind you:
Don’t let anyone crush your dreams. Because it’s your dreams that define you. So ignore the neigh-sayers. Burn the rejection letters on a pyre of positive thinking. Concentrate on the one thing you can control: your craft. Work hard at that. Learn something about it each and every day. Read voraciously. And remember, you only need one ‘yes’ to make a lifetime of ‘nos’ completely irrelevant.
Because, the more people read, the better the world becomes. And for people to read…some Joe has to hunch over a keyboard for months on end to write something.
No reason why that Joe shouldn’t be you…
Brian M Logan