I’ve been thinking a lot about writing lately. I mean, I’m often thinking about writing, but I’ve been thinking perhaps I’ve not been taking it seriously enough.
I realize that likely sounds amusing. I’ve been writing on a set schedule for three years. I’ve never missed a day. But have they all been winners? Of course not.
Lately I’ve been reading about writing. I’ve always had a relatively decent grasp of the rules of grammar, but I wanted to go deeper than that. I wanted to really improve, fundamentally. I realize it’s difficult to do that when you are ill and not playing games nearly as much (as I’ve been since January), but on a grander scale, I want to do better.
Across the board.
So, while my video game writing will stay the same (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays), I wanted to see how people would feel about my adding a day for general observational musings. Would you mind another notification on Thursdays from me? Would you even want to hear my rumblings on various topics, non-gaming-related?
My aim is to be writing every weekday. Clearly I wouldn’t be posting all of that, but I’d like to start branching out with what I’m offering here. I am still planning on streaming via YouTube and Twitch once I am feeling better, as well as doing at least one review per month. But, for now, this is something I can do regardless of how I feel. And I’d like to try. If there isn’t interest in it, that’s okay. I’d still be writing those observational musings for myself, I just wouldn’t be posting them here.
I recently read that one of my favorite authors said informal essays are “silly and insubstantial.” This lingers in my brain. I’m not entirely sure my writing style amounts to more than informal essays. Then again, I think that style of writing has its place (and is also a slippery slope of definition). Robert Fulghum writes almost entirely in essay form (and was the first real author to make me laugh out loud so hard people stared at me in public). One could also argue that Bill Bryson (one of my favorite authors, period) writes in essay form, though more on the travel essay side. This makes me wonder: does my style and format of writing have merit? I hope so, but this whole writing thing is a nebulous and solitary beast that is subject to opinion, anyway. I’d like to think I’m working towards something, that something being one day getting paid to write. If what I’m writing falls under the “silly and insubstantial” heading, I have to admit, I’d need to adjust my trajectory.
So, if you take all these thoughts, swirl them around far too much and see what you end up with, that would be where I am. In this moderately confused state, I’m doubling down on my efforts to write each day and take this path more seriously than I have. I’d love to know what you think about a Thursday musing on any sort of topic. If you are interested, I’m ready to see what I can bring to the table. Please sound off in the comments below.
Also, my apologies this isn’t about games. I simply felt it was time to take my writing to another level. I need to push myself to grow. It’s uncomfortable as hell so I know I must be on the right track.
I look forward to your feedback (pro or con) on the proposed observational musing. If you have a moment, please let me know your thoughts. Also, if you have ideas, I’d love to hear those, too.