Saturday, April 16, 2011

What's Up With This Blog?

I have been thinking a lot about this blog lately. I started this blog back in the days of yore, when I broke up with S. We all know where that ended, don't we? But even back then, I started a blog because I loved to write. I tell everyone I meet that when I grow up I want to write a book. Sadly this blog does not look like something that a writer owns. And apart from owning a Moleskin notebook and claiming ownership to S' Macbook Pro, I don't bear any semblance to a writer too. Any (imagined) creativity in me has dried up like a creek in Madras during summer.

That needs to change, pronto! And it begins with changes to my blog. I ashamed to read the past posts, where I talk about the Kinect. Jeez! And I have 2 unpublished posts that also talk about the Kinect. When I am not writing about the Kinect, it is Super Mario. Though I have been reading some wonderful books lately, there is no talk of them. This blatant reduction in the quality of my writing has not resulted in more quantity too. I feel sad that the first page of my blog has posts back from September. And look at the blogs on my blogroll, with the exception of one, all others have not been updated in months.

One of my favorite blogs in the whole wide web is widelawns. She has some extraordinary tales and she writes the regular stories in an extraordinary way too. If I could write half as well as she does, I would consider quitting my job and start writing a book. In her last post, she had talked about the Indie Ink Writing Challenge. Since I am the kind of person who jumps into things without thinking about anything, I registered for next week's challenge. And then I started reading the past challenges and reading the incredible writing by the amazing writers. I feel quite intimidated and honestly would not have signed up had I read more of the writing before. But I did sign up and I have decided to try my best. I have sent my prompt and got my challenge. I will post my response by Thursday.

Gentle readers, this means that I want to grow up. I like writing almost as much as I like reading. I want to take this business of writing more seriously. That is not say that I will only be writing about art and other such serious matters. I will still be writing silly stories, things that happen to me and rant about people I don't like. But I want to write more and not in 140 characters or less. It seems presumptuous to write a post saying I want to write more, when I can just go ahead and write more without making so much of an ado. But they say that if you want something bad enough, you need to tell the universe what you want to make things happen. And I am doing just that. Just hope the universe reads blogs.

8 comments:

Sasi said...

" But they say that if you want something bad enough, you need to tell the universe what you want to make things happen. And I am doing just that. Just hope the universe reads blogs. " <--- Good one ! Ezuthunga ... wait panrom ....

Ram said...

Best wishes as always - looking forward to works from you.

Stef said...

Blogs that are honest, are totally awesome and this isn't any different.

Keep blogging! Trust me it makes you write more.

Dafeenah said...
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Dafeenah said...

We are in the same boat. I saw the link in someone else's post and because I too want to become a better writer I just signed up without checking anything out, and then when I read past participants submissions I freaked out a bit because I am absolutely not on their level. I am not even under their level so I feel you're trepidation and am right there beside you.

janani said...

Thanks everyone for your kind words. I have written my piece for the writing challenge, but I am scared to post it. Keep thinking I can work more on it.

Stef said...

Janani, you're your own worst enemy. I was the same last year until I said 'to hell with it!' and started my blog in January.

You have until Thursday (I think) to submit your piece. Take your time and don't beat yourself up, sometimes writing a dialogue is tough but maybe relating it to a real conversation and using that as your platform might help.

I really hope you do submit it.

janani said...

Stef, you are so right. Sometimes you just have to go ahead and do it come what may. I just submitted my entry.

Btw a lot of people have said that I am my own enemy, you picked up on that so soon. :)