Writing Begets Writing
I'm on day 19 of this daily blogging thing.
I expected to last three or four days, maybe five, before conceding defeat. But I'm finding that writing begets writing. The best part, without a doubt, is the community: the old friends who pop up on my Facebook page to say they're enjoying my blog posts, The coworkers who confess similar struggles with depression or the same passion for mind maps.
I've been studying the blogs of other women writers, most of them with small children of their own. There's Sarah at One Blue Sail, of course, and Tara Borin's Truths from the Trenches, and Sarah of MourningDoveMotherhood. And just today I stumbled upon Essie Ruth, who makes the most beautiful, understated artwork but also vlogs about living with a chronic illness.
I subscribed to Roxane Gay's Tumblr page years ago, before she published Bad Feminist and became literary darling du jour. She rarely blogs anymore; presumably she's too busy interviewing Madonna for Harper's Bazaar. But I remember reading her posts back in those early days and thinking, "Now, here's how a writer should blog."
Today, looking for inspiration and curious about how Gay got her start, I navigated to her earliest blog posts. They were short bursts of pop culture commentary: hundred-word reflections on the Kardashian sisters and the sad downward trajectory of Brendan Fraser's career. It boosted my confidence. Blogging can be fun. I've been overly precious about my words for far too long; it's time I approached them with the same attitude of play.
I've even found some writing hacks that make the process easier. Some days I simply transcribe the contents of my morning pages. Other days I use my phone's voice recognition feature to record a post as I'm commuting home from work. I've posted snapshots and videos. While this is primarily a writing exercise it's also a storytelling exercise. And there are so many ways to tell a story. So many ways to capture the nuances of a writing practice and a life.
Now that I'm done with the day's writing, it's time to indulge in someone else's story. I'm halfway through Susan Branch's handwritten memoir The Fairy Tale Girl and loving every word.
Whose books are you reading tonight? Which shows are you watching? What stories are you living? Keep me posted.