Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Take That Down, You're Killing Me.
Woe-is-me, I can't stand the pain. I could of had a V8. The things I do that makes me wanna holler.
As a would-be, wannabe, storyteller, writer and author, I've often laid pen to paper, and came away with a masterpiece. But upon further examination, it was garbage. I mean, it all made sense in my head, but it didn't make it to paper. I wonder if other writers have experience that same dilemma? I wonder how many times bloggers have deleted a post, or have gone back in their files and edited a few.
They say a person learns how to be a better writer by reading the works of other authors. On the flip side, when I read some of my past scribblings, I've learned that I have not arrived. Heck, I am not even in the ball park, not to mention the playing field.
There's so many elements to writing a good piece. Well, first and foremost, I think it's important to know ones audience. That's tricky in the blog world, because finding a crowd or a niche could pigeon hole a person to be nothing more than a bullpen for like thinking individuals. Well, I can't do that because that's like having clowns on the left of me and jokers on the right. Then I am stuck in the middle with me, myself and I. Personally, I believe that's a terrible place to be. I like to mix it up.
More importantly, the cadence of writing is totally different than speaking. When I talk or give a speech, I can jump between thought, using voice inflection and various tones to transend between each separate idea and/or thought. Also, I can open a topic with something that has nothing to do with the central issue other than to set a tone or comfort the crowd with laughter. This writing thing is totally different. A quick 30 second sound bit could take 250 words if written on paper. Then I ve taken the risk of losing the reader. We live in a day of instant access and most readers (of blogs) want to get in and get out. Woe-is -me, what am I do to?
My discomfort continues when I try to decide if I am writing a post designed to seek comments or if I am simply telling a story. As I've said many times, if a person's main goal is to receive a gaggle of comments, there's certain ways to do that. Hell, there's advice columns/blogs that outlines that slippery task. Subject matter like celebrity gossip is a draw. Beating down men is always a hot topic. Nudity riding shotgun with the opening title is sure to get a few hits. I mean, I am frequently torn between moving a message or writing for some sense of relief or simple self expression. In the end, the only thing I really know is that some of my stuff... suck!
Have you ever deleted a post after publishing it? Or, have you put in hours writing a post, yet eventually scraping it? Take me out of my misery and tell me that you've done all of the above.