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So. I still have this LiveJournal, and haven't written in it almost since I got it. I'm really not one to keep a LiveJournal -- I've kept journals before, but they've all been very personal things (read: mostly devoted to me complaining about how miserable I was, how little I did to change that, and how stupid I was for that reason).

I haven't kept a journal in over four years now, mainly because I finally did get my act together and move on in my life. I don't feel any particular need to post updates about my life here; my life's pretty good, my friends listen to my complaints when it's not, and I keep in touch with distant friends and family by email or phone. But I have this journal and I should do something with it.

I also have a need to write. I don't have that burning drive that "true writers" are supposed to have. I'm much more of a dreamer than a writer. But I'm employed as a writer, and I'm finding it hard to write. I also have creative writing projects that I'm really enthusiastic about, yet I'm finding it hard to write those as well. I have the skills and talents of a writer, the interest to be a writer, but I do not have the writing habit. I can and do write a lot regularly, in emails or on my friend's forum, and not all just conversational writing, either -- I can expound at length on many topics, some of which aren't even that geeky. But still, that is not the same as having the writing habit, and all that casual writing has not helped me to sit down, focus, and write, when I have a writing project to be done.

So, I believe I should use this LiveJournal to develop my writing habit, by writing entries daily. It may be challenging to find topics that will sustain my writing - maybe I can pick a theme for each day of the week, so the rotation of topics will keep them interesting. Or maybe I need a weekly theme, so I can work on developing an idea over a short number of entries.

Comments and suggestions will be welcome, from the two of you who actually read or even know about this journal. Hmm, I should probably let a few other friends know about this journal, that could be helpful to me.

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zannah
Oct. 26th, 2002 12:23 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't say I'm one of those writers with a burning drive, but I definitely do try to make a concious effort to just write *something* most days, even if it's drivel (as you've probably noticed *snicker*). I like to write. If I had been more interested in school as a whole, I might have gone on to teach or something, but the idea of more school (ie: college) drove me crazy, so I ended up a web designer instead. (Which is okay, since I love computers and it lets me do another thing I love).

I've actually been werking on a sort of "writing prompt" site where I write on a different topic each day, just for the exercise of it.... It's pretty easy to find different topics or prompts to write around the net (and I have a lot of books here at home). It's a good way to keep yourself writing, I think.

(I realise I just babbled a lot. I just woke up. I apologise.)
philaros
Oct. 27th, 2002 02:21 am (UTC)

Zannah, you never have to apologize for writing to me. Even if it seems like babble. :-)


Completely unrelated aside: it seems odd that I have to sign in to LiveJournal even to comment on my OWN journal.


I didn't go on past a bachelor's degree either. Although I did need a break from school, I would have liked eventually to pursue further studies -- and I'd still like that. However, I knew I did not want to become a professor (or secondary-school teacher), and I did not know what I would pursue for further studies; and there's basically no point to graduate school if you do not have a specific career/educational goal in mind. That turns out to be working well for me - I would not have needed further degrees for my professional job (tech writer) nor for my personal writing projects (RPG writing/designing).

philaros
Oct. 27th, 2002 02:24 am (UTC)
Hmm, those paragraph breaks are huge. I used the P tag, but it should not have done that. Is it automatically adding in paragraph breaks?
the_seraph
Oct. 26th, 2002 09:58 pm (UTC)
you could do what one lady i know does: 50 words. describe something - feeling, emotion, place, scene - with only, and exactly 50 words.

the first attempts always seem a little forced... but if you do it 2-3 times a week, you get some remarkable stuff
philaros
Oct. 27th, 2002 02:34 am (UTC)
That's not a bad idea -- it's an interesting challenge, to use only 50 words. That seems to me more like a short-term exercise than something I'd want to do as a regular habit. It also reminds me of a couple journal entries I did while in Rome, where I tried to describe only the sights or only the sounds of the piazza I was in.

Thanks for commenting, too.
(Anonymous)
Nov. 29th, 2002 04:48 pm (UTC)
The Ten Commandments of Writing
Somewhere I have a great list (among so many) of The Ten Commandments of Writing from an article in Writer's Digest Magazine. I'll have to dig that out for you, but the first one is very easy to remember:

I. Thou Shalt Write.
(Anonymous)
Dec. 2nd, 2002 10:02 am (UTC)
The Ten Commandments of Getting Published
Hey Phil, I found the Commandments for you. They are aimed more at getting published, but they may be interesting nonetheless. - t.davis

THOU SHALT... The Ten Commandments of Getting Published
- E.L. Wyrick (Writer's Digest, August 1996

I. Thou Shalt Write
II. Thou Shalt Learn to Write Well
III. Thou Shalt Learn About the Publishing Business
IV. Thou Shalt Not Write nor Submit Based on N-of_One Stories
V. Thou Shalt Revise Happily
VI. Thou Shalt Seek Agents and Editors Knowledgeably
VII. Thou Shalt Learn to Use Rejection Rather Than Be Abused By It
VIII. Thou Shalt Not Irritate Agents and Editors
IX. Thou Shalt Learn How to Wait
X. Thou Shalt Restrain Yourself Until the Published Work Is in Hand

The author has interesting comments about each point, but that would obviously take up too much room here.
platonic1
Oct. 29th, 2002 03:38 pm (UTC)
writing
I wanted to have something cool to say about writing, but nothing came to mind. Ultimately it's just got to be something you do; without necessarily worrying about quality or style.
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