I figure since my blogs are pretty rare, it may need a makeover. Look, here’s a picture of my blog, walking through the woods.
Why do I struggle so much to keep up to speed? I’ve recently learned that a professional blogger should blog daily. Blogs are like journals afterall.
The author should just write and and write, whatever comes to mind, whenever it comes to mind. This keeps the readership up, you become a part of their daily online routine. They log on, they go to facebook, they check their email, they pretend to work, they go to your blog, then repeat.
Well, I guess I have some work to do then. I’ve looked around, I’ve tried to see how others are doing this, and it seems, they need to have a theme. Something that keeps people coming back for more. So far, this blog has been all over the place. I’ve told stories, I’ve paid homage, I’ve waxed philosophical, but yet, no theme.
So what should the theme be? I would like your feedback. What would make my faithful readers come back for more? Also, what would make this a blog that even people I don’t know would be interested in?
While you’re thinking about that, I’ll share a little about what’s on my mind.
I don’t know how many of you know this, but I have a plan and a dream to write a book/screenplay. I say book/screenplay, because I haven’t quite decided yet which direction would be best for the story I have in my head. On one hand, I would like to make it a screenplay, because while I’m not necessarily in the business of making movies, it is pretty similar to my line of work. On the other hand, many more books are published each year, compared to the number of movies that are produced. So, I’ve got that decision to make.
The good news is, I have the story down. It’s been in my little brain for almost a decade. Here in the last 2 years or so, I’ve really started to flesh it out even more, with help from an unlikely friend from my past. That reconnection in itself is a story worth blogging about, but not today.
So I say all of that to say this, I’m thinking of taking my creative juices, to the pages of my book/screenplay. But don’t fret blog fans, I will use the blog to keep everyone updated on the process. What does it take to get a story noticed, a book published, a script purchased?
Welcome to humble beginnings.
I’m not the first person ever to decide to sit down and write a story. I’m not the first person to say, “I’ve got a great idea for a movie!”
I’m sure some will scoff, and others will tell me how competitive the business is, and that thousands of aspiring writers have been told “No” over and over again. But you know what? 100% of books or movies that have been picked up, would never have made it, had the writer decided that it wasn’t worth the effort.
I’m choosing to take this journey. I’m choosing to go out on a limb, and tell a story. If, in the end, nothing ever comes of it, I can at least say I tried. If I never do it, and this story is still in my head 40 years from now, and not on paper somewhere, I’d never know if it could have made it.
Yes, that sounds cheesy, and that sounds pie in the sky. But it’s like I’ve always said, “If your dream makes sense out loud, then you’re not dreaming big enough.”
So what is the story? What is this mysterious idea, that has been swimming in my head for so long? What could possibly be worth all that trouble?
You didn’t think I’d tell you all that, right here, right now, at the beginning of this journey did you?
Nope. Not today.
I may someday though. If it appears it’s not necessary to keep it a secret, as we go along, I may leak something here or there, but I don’t want to spoil the book/movie for everyone.
So there you have it. My proposal to the group, is that this blog become a writing journal. A journal about a quest to get published. This will help me stay on course. It will help me get started, it will hopefully help me, get finished. All the while, I’ll still try to be funny and entertain you along the way.
Ladies and gentlemen, I want to be a writer, and this is the first step. I figure if Donald Miller can write a book about writing a screenplay based on another book he wrote, then I can write a blog about writing a book/screenplay. Right?
Welcome to my blog.