Set Free to Write by Blogging


 

Two years ago, when I closeted myself in a room to sit down and write, I froze. I considered writing to be a solitary craft but looking at a blank screen or talking into thin air was a sterile exercise in futility for me. I could not translate the same creative energy that I experienced telling a story verbally to the keyboard. My intuitive, imaginative side stayed buried and my logical intellect wrote boring drivel.

Haynes King 1831 – 1904
Haynes King 1831 – 1904

I was struggling to start writing again, after raising a large family when I discovered blogs, blogging sites and  blogging directories. I snapped to attention.  Suddenly, I was thinking up a username,  a title for a blog,  looking at templates and design and layout. All these activities loosened up my creativity while I sat typing.

It was like an invisible barrier slowly melted, allowing my imagination to bubble up in a stream of written words that felt just as exhilarating as my oral tradition. I was  excited to start sharing written stories with other people, people who would read them,  respond, comment and give me feed back on what I had written.  Within weeks, I was no longer an island but part of a community of other writers who had the very same insecurities and problems as I did.

 

At first I felt like I had just stepped off a spaceship into an alien world, I did not know how to do anything. Reading directions on-line was useless, I couldn’t understand half the words they used, never mind how to follow their directions.womanwriting

Early on I read that bloggers, are supportive and unselfishly helpful, rejoicing in each others success and offering free guidance . Well, I discovered that  this statement is true. So if you are tentatively  wondering if you will fit in, fear not. If a computer illiterate, web dummy and green writer can learn while having loads of fun, you can too. Trust me.

 

 

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10 thoughts on “Set Free to Write by Blogging

  1. I love this post! Blogging is such a great tool for writing, inspiration, motivation and connection.
    I was wondering if I could much of this post in a book I’m working on where real people who write share about writing. It’s to inspire people to write. There are 85 people who are part of it so far and I’d love to include you too! There is a section on blogging since I’m covering different ways people can write.
    Your name, age and location would be included and all credit goes to you for your words.
    All good if you’re not interested, Just thought I’d check.
    JD.

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  2. I love the imagery and sentiment in this post. I think blogging can be one of the best things a writer can do – just knowing that you’re not alone in your frustrations and fears can help immensely. Glad you took the plunge and joined us!

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