Originally posted at SourMeow.tumblr.com .
I hate blogging.
I blame it on my college English courses. Not the fun literature, mythology, and creative writing English courses, but the boring, repetitive, learn how to write academic essays properly English courses. The ones that were so uninteresting, boring, and repetitive that even the professors who taught the courses wanted to stab their eyes out with their dry-erase whiteboard markers during lecture.
These were the courses that, instead of helping students find their own voices, did everything they could to strip down each student’s writing style to a monotonous uniform. No personality. No humor. No nuance. Academia will not tolerate deviance from the approved collective student voice.
Granted, blogging is much more accepting of individual voices, but for me, it still feels like essay writing—just more casual. You pick a topic. You write a catchy introduction about your topic. You write about your topic. You write a conclusion that summarizes everything you just said about your topic. And then you weep openly about how ridiculous all that redundancy sounds. Or at least I do.
If you haven’t already, you should probably be asking yourselves, Hey! If Cat hates blogging so much…why is she blogging right now?
Truthfully? I really don’t quite know yet. Over the past several months I’ve been really engaged in social media—Twitter and Pinterest being my favorites. I see a lot of really great writing advice and ideas being shared through the writers I follow. But I’ve also seen some stuff that makes me go, "What the huckleberries?!"
I spent several months wondering if I should say anything to contradict some of the advice that was swirling around the internet about writing. I mean, I’m not published. I don’t know that I’ve ever taken any legit creative writing courses. I certainly have no degree in writing. And I do have a penchant for taking the “rules” of writing and smashing them against the wall. In fact, most people would probably pass me over as just a “hobbyist writer” instead of a “serious writer”.
So what the hello do I know?
And maybe that’s the point. Maybe the point is that just because you don’t collect a royalty for the words you’ve written or spent your entire adult life studying things like narrative style or foreshadowing or [insert-fancy-literature-terminology-here], it doesn’t mean that you don’t have your own experiences and your own perspective to share with people—people that might just be a lot like you and looking for someone else that just gets it. Whatever the it may be.
So, if you don’t mind reading the ramblings of an aspiring author who will throw things like introductions and conclusions out the window in her blog posts, it’d be great to have you along for the ride.
Speaking of the ride, you may have noticed I’ve spruced things up around here. New design, heavy graphics, and a lot more social media. I’ve also removed the Disqus post comment section. It wasn’t getting enough use to warrant me fighting with its coding.
I also removed all of the character profiles I had posted earlier and several other things relating to my stories. The reason being that in the past six months I’ve done a lot of work on my series, and made a lot of changes to it. I even renamed a couple characters and altered the back stories on others. A writer’s gonna do what a writer’s gotta do, right? And sometimes that means tearing down stuff so you can build it back up better than before.
My goal—knock on wood, ‘cause you’ve heard me say it before, likely—is to aim for one blog post a month. But in the meantime, you can find me on Twitter and Pinterest. I’m also on DeviantArt now, and I’m trying out Ello—which I could really use some Ello friends, ‘cause there’s really nothing to do if you have no one to follow over there. So if you’re on Ello, or would like to be, give me a holler.
And then I’ll be doing Camp NaNoWrimo in the spring, which is only a hop, skip, and a jump away. I’m so excited!
Until next month, kittens and dragonriders!