The Author vs. The Blog

What to blog about. . .My plan is to write two blogs this week in an attempt to make up for not writing one last week. I was preparing for my son’s first birthday party – I think it was more stressful than his actual birth! But that’s just because I’m not used to entertaining guests or having so many people in my house. I tend to get a little overwhelmed.

So that’s why I am attempting to write two blogs this week. The problem is, I can’t think of anything to write about. I generally struggle with writing blogs anyway because I assume that no one really wants to hear my thoughts.

I really don’t like to – and don’t plan on – writing about controversial topics because I don’t like to debate or argue. Everyone has differing perspectives. I don’t want to try to convince anyone that they’re wrong and I don’t want anyone to try to convince me that I’m wrong. Do unto others, you know?

I really just like to write stories. I was never very good at writing research papers in school. I never found a topic that I felt passionately enough about.

I’m very much an emotion based writer. If I don’t get excited chills writing whatever it is that I’m writing, the project doesn't usually go anywhere. I want my readers to walk away from my tales with a specific emotion – the emotion that I felt while writing it. Sometimes that’s an emotion I felt in a dream or maybe how I felt during a specific time in my life.

The point in all this being that I don’t like to feel angry, anxious, or stressed. And that is how controversial topics make me feel. And that is why I don’t want to write about them.

So I guess this is a blog about why I write. Although there are a lot more reasons. Mostly it’s because I have stories floating around in my head and I like to let them escape. I don’t have any ulterior motives for putting pen to paper. There is rarely an underlying message that I’m trying to drive through. I just like to tell stories. 

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