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Try Writing

A piece on why we write from Stuart M. Perkins over at Storyshucker, a delightful blog that’s the complete embodiment of the writer’s mantra: every encounter, every experience we have, whether good, bad or indifferent – it’s all copy.

 

Storyshucker

“Thousands of people who write believe they are better than thousands of others. They believe they will pen the next great American novel but their writing is dull and full of grammatical errors. Why do they write anything intended to be read by the public? Why do they write?”

I read those lines and was impelled to respond. The blogger’s entire post was arrogant and sarcastic, but those lines were the cherries on top. After I acknowledged that he can post what he likes on his own blog, I then asked if rather than squelch ambitions with a negative message about imperfection, he could instead applaud people for their attempts, for our attempts because I am one of the imperfect. But, we still try.

I don’t necessarily like being serious because, well, it’s not funny. I love a little arrogance and sarcasm as much as anyone, maybe more than…

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Blogging, Writing and the Publisher’s Book Proposal

I haven’t posted on my main blog Re-imagining Warrington for quite some time, mainly because factual posts need a lot more research than opinion pieces and Life has been getting in the way. (Life! Don’t talk to me about Life!) It occurred to me, though, a few days ago, that an outline of how I came to start writing my book, and the things that interest me when comparing how Warrington and York have developed into their modern incarnations, might also interest my blog readers – as well as help me get to grips with a coherent framework for the thing.

As usual, my ‘brief outline’ ran to a good 11 pages and I was scrolling up and down, having managed to get it down to five, when it also occurred to me that what I was doing was very similar to a book proposal. A quick search on Google found these guidelines at the Palgrave Macmillan website.

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Musings on the Blogosphere

Ashokbhatia has kindly reblogged my piece on my first foray into the world of social media and his mention of ‘Blogosphere’ in his accompanying comment has had me thinking further on the topic.

Blogosphere is a far more interesting and complex world than I had realised as an outsider; but the element I find most fascinating, and encouraging, is that it works in a very similar way to that of Wodehouse’s period: on the basis of introductions to those of similar ‘backgrounds’.  When someone leaves a comment that shows they ‘get’ you or your tastes you can go to their blog and hover round the edges of the conversations with your drink.  Perhaps someone will leave another comment there that shows an affinity to your own interests, so you go over to their party in turn.  You discover a variety of interesting houses to visit and become emboldened to leave cards, to which people reply, and before long you have found your own set to hang out with.

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Honoria Plum – Another Nice Find

I got into blogging almost by accident: I was writing a book and it occurred to me – I still don’t know how, I’m a complete techno-idiot – that putting my ideas online would help me get a better perspective on what I was writing.  After many diversions I ended up with three, inter-related blogs: one of which you are now reading.

When someone actually posted a (very nice) comment on an article I’d written here that mentioned P. G. Wodehouse, I had a feeling of slight alarm.  I spent two or three months looking at it doubtfully, then took the plunge and rather gingerly added it to my post. More time passed.

It finally occurred to me to wonder who this person from the Internet was who’d left such an astute and gratifying comment – and more particularly, how they’d found my post.  I followed the link like Alice and turned up a chap in India – and a huge P. G. Wodehouse fan to boot.  Wandering round his entertaining site I discovered an article from another P. G. Wodehouse fan, that he had re-blogged; and thus found myself in Plumtopia, the wonderful world of Honoria Plum.

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