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Why Am I Doing This?

Figured it was time to write a post about myself. But this isn’t going to be a post saying “hi, my name is…” along with a description of my favourite foods. For a start, this isn’t a cooking blog, so talking about food would be a bit of a strange introduction.

No, this a question of why. Why do I want to pursue a potential career in writing, and why do I wish to use this blog as a key platform for doing so? Am I mad? Potentially.

The first reason is simple. I have a love for writing. Always have done, in fact. As a child I used to write loads of short stories. They were terrible. All inspired by the Goosebumps books I was bafflingly addicted to, they were pseudo-horror stories about slime monsters and ghosts of fictional sisters that all had nonsensical twists at the end. But it was a start, right?

These days I have much more varied ideas floating around my head. I still have a great interest in the weird, though, considering two of my major ideas involve a detective novel series mixing the paranormal and conspiracy theories and a potential web serial about a haunted small town. Short story ideas include a moral tale set in a winding set of tunnels under a hotel and populated by a judging cat, a story about a woman whose obsession for Elvis Presley makes her attempt to raise him from the dead and a story featuring a robot on a train.

So yes, my ideas are still in the weirder spectrum of fiction, but that seems to be how my brain works most of the time. But the fact that these ideas keep coming suggests that maybe I should pursue them, and develop them into full-fledged stories. They might still be kind of silly and probably won’t set the world on fire, but I’m sure there’s an audience out there and I intend to find it.

The key reason for wanting to make it into a career should be obvious. As someone who has worked in a series of low-paid jobs in customer service and in a council office, I found myself increasingly bored by the daily grind, and constantly baffled as to how anyone can live their entire life that way. Essentially I want the freedom a writing career brings, as well as the ability to do what I love and get paid for it. Who doesn’t want that?

I’m not deluding myself into believing it’s easy however. I know the difficulties. But in a weird way, the difficulties are an attraction too. They make the career look exciting and ever-changing, and the thought of that makes me happier than a penguin on a ski slope. Pursuing publishers, maintaining an open dialogue with your readers, constantly marketing yourself, it all keeps you on your toes more than working in an office ever could.

The reason for pursuing the blogging route is because that’s the way the world’s going. The economy now exists largely on the Internet, and anyone failing to realise this will lag behind. It’s why the aforementioned novel series is likely to get self-published and distributed online, potentially using this blog as a promotional platform. Creative Commons and the freedom of an open market free from the grip of large publishing houses (and other old media institutions) puts control in the artist’s hands away from the demands of an executive.

Not that this means I want my writing to be of a sub-standard quality. Anything I’d want people to pay for will be slaved over and handed to others for inspection before publication. If I need to pay for professional editing, I will do so. But I much prefer the idea of exploring this new-fangled blogging concept as a platform for all the other writing projects I have in mind, and I want to see how far the experiment takes me. And it is an experiment, since I have no idea what’ll happen. Which brings us right back to the excitement factor.

So what are my current plans regarding writing? Well, I still have a day job (well, it’s more of an evening job) so I can’t work on all the projects I have in mind (I’ll be writing a post on that soon!), but I aim to work slowly on the first of the proposed novel series, as well as updating this and my movie challenge blog (which I highly recommend you also take a look at). And I’ll see where things take me from there!

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  1. May 18, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Good for you! I too aim to be a published author someday. Who doesn’t want to get paid to do what they love to do? And if you have the ideas/plots/characters/etc. for it, then why keep it bottled up inside your head? All writers would go insane if that was the case…that is, if we’re not already insane. 😉

    • May 18, 2012 at 2:13 pm

      I think all creative people are delightfully insane in some way. We spend our time constructing events in our head that haven’t happened and probably never will. But hey, I see nothing wrong with that :p

      And I read through parts of your blog and saw your similar desire to be a published author, and it’s good seeing other people having similar thoughts to me. We’ve all got to stick together! 😀

      • May 18, 2012 at 2:20 pm

        I agree, we do have to stick together! And it was nice seeing someone who has the same goals as me. It makes me feel like I’m not alone. XD

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