You may notice my blog has received a face-lift. Likewise, my Facebook page has undergone a recent transformation. Why the cyber housecleaning? As a writer, I am transitioning in my professional writing career. I will be climbing up the proverbial author’s ladder. I will also be trying to offer better material to my readers, which will be published through several online media resources (e-books). This is an overwhelming task, and like all writers before me, the thought of my work going public is intimidating.
The idea of success is not intimidating. It is the idea of failure that scares me so much. What if I write something, which is wrong, untrue or misleading? The “missing” of relevant information is intimidating. After all, I am not the best editor, the ideal candidate for the Pulitzer, or the most empathetic when it comes to people’s idiotic behaviors and brainless moments.
For me, as a blogger and as a writer, I must raise the bar professionally. This also means I must also raise the bar in my personal life. Most times, I am much too quick with engaging my mouth before I engage my brain. Writing requires thought and focus, much the way I must structure my daily living. I want a healthy writing environment and to achieve my goal I must create a healthy living environment.
To carry out my objective – creating and preserving and a healthy writing environment – I must assess every aspect of my life and slowly, but diligently and firmly, weed out the unhealthy aspects of my life. I have noticed the unhealthy will, if left unattended, weaken and disease my writing and drag it down like a lead brick, and nobody likes to read a lead brick.
The tone of my writing begins to change as I begin to notice a cleaner heartier lifestyle. When the tone changes the focus changes. I begin to notice things like nature, nuances, and the small details that offer my writing a whole new perspective, an uplifting perspective, an appealing perspective. When the tone changes I also recognize readership on my blog increases threefold; perhaps readers enjoy the pleasant amiable tone of an intellectually stimulating article as opposed to the dictatorship of the know-it-all scholar.
Whatever the reasons, grounding my writing in a healthy mind-set seems to work. My writing has been transitioning to a healthy platform and I have noticed a considerable amount of positive feedback coming from it as a result, and my stats have tripled. I realize it is difficult to maintain that healthy positive perspective, in fact, I can count on one hand the number of people I personally know who are always chipper and positive in spite of life’s pitfalls, but I have a plan.
It is easy to blurt out the words, and just as easy to write or type them out, my plan consist of writing my article for my blog, or a manuscript, and then shelving it for a day or two, or perhaps a week if the need calls for it. I do this in every case. I will return to my work and after it has sat for a day or two, I will then perform my rewrite. I might repeat this process two, three, or a dozen times, depending on the severity of my issues or if I think it is too caustic. The last thing I want to do is pass on a “rough” draft.
Rough drafts are just that, they are “rough”, abrasive, sometimes bitter, sharp, and most times acidic. They can harm you, your characters (or people) in your work, and above all, they can damage your reader.
I am not suggesting you cannot have negative characters or write about opposing viewpoints or stories based on contradiction and ethical matters such as hate, rage, war, or violent crimes against people, I am merely suggesting there are healthy ways of conveying your message and there are destructive ways of writing it.
For me, whether I blog or I pen a full manuscript, I will attempt to have a broader perspective and look beyond the surface. Perhaps, the healthier objectivity does not work for everyone, but I choose to believe it could work if it is given a chance.
I look forward to blogging and writing in a new attitude!
I am Dane Ladwig and this has been a… View From My Loft