“It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.”
— Ernest Hemingway
When I started this blog, I thought I just wanted to write a writer’s journal and make it private. No one can read it but me. I wanted to chronicle my thoughts as a writer, the new things I’ve learned, my hopes, fears, disappointments — the whole writing enchilada. Well, that plan lasted about a minute.
My more sensible self slapped me awake and clearly told me that it would be pointless to blog without letting anybody read it. It’s pointless and stupid. I just might as well write on Day One. So to keep the story short, I decided to heed the wise hag and made it public. I guess my readers would be fellow writers and lovers of fiction. All the others would be family and friends who are too excited read what I wrote or because I forced them to do so.
To cap it all up, I would like to share what I’ve learned from James Scott Bell’s book, 27 Fiction Writing Blunders – And How Not To Make Them. It may be about fiction writing, but the same goes well for blogging. He said, “There are two ways writers are functionally ignorant when it comes to markets. The first way is to be obsessive about writing only what they think will sell big … The second form of ignorance is … ignorance of markets. That is, writing with absolutely no thought about the readers on the other end.” Writing or blogging without thought about the readers — who they are, want they want — is like taking the wheel and have absolutely no idea where you’re going.