Stream of Consciousness Blogging

I’ve often used this blog as a form of stream of consciousness writing, trying to work through story problems, trying to figure out who I am as a writer, basically just letting my mind wander onto the page, but now that I’m getting more than a few readers, I feel a bit embarrassed about it. People are kind, and they feel a need to respond to what comes across as an appeal, when it is mostly just me working things out. (I know that is gramatically incorrect, but it is correct in the context. It is me, and I am working things out.) So, do I still keep it up at the risk of alienating people? Or do I try to be more professional and do what other writers do — give tips on writing, give tutorials, and whatever else it is that they do?

The thing is, I no longer feel qualified to give people instructions on how to write or get published — or anything else, for that matter. I did not follow the rules I was expounding — though I do think I followed through with the major one: thou shalt not bore thy readers. So far, with all the comments and reviews I’ve received, no one said they were bored. Nor do I know how to get published by a major publisher. So all I can do is what I’ve done all along — whether it’s a book or a blog, or the short story I’m supposed to be writing but am not — try to write what only I can write.

Perhaps with all the focus on trying to conform to the wishes of the major publishers, writers lose their individuality, their voice, their uniqueness. And no, I am not condoning sloppy writing. No matter how iconoclastic we are, we still need to get our points across, and one does that with good grammar, great word choice, and proper punctuation.

I’m sure there are a few people out there laughing their heads off — we used to argue these points in the early days of this blog, with me taking the party line. Actually, I’m laughing, too. Who would have thunk it?

So what am I saying to me and to you with this particular bit of stream of consiousness blogging? Perhaps only this: write and have fun and worry about the rest later.

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7 Responses to “Stream of Consciousness Blogging”

  1. Ray Baisden Says:

    Pat your streams and indefatigable energy are always interesting to read. Here’s a thought for you. When I’m in the stream of consciousness mode I usually write poetry or sometimes even songs. Language is music.

  2. ~Sia McKye~ Says:

    Pat, I never find your blog articles boring. Nothing wrong with stream of consciousness writing.

    Anyone who is honest will admit to writing a blog article about something that puzzles them, or some fact they discovered in their research. Perhaps something about the industry itself that bothers us. Commenting on it or writing about it raises questions and questions aren’t a bad thing to raise, if gets people thinking.
    Not all blogs have to be about writing tips. I find lateral subjects around an author’s book interesting to read. Opinions are interesting to read. Whatever one writes, if it’s interesting in it’s presentation, it’s interesting for the reader. 🙂

  3. L. V. Gaudet Says:

    I get what you mean about an appeal. Often what sounds (reads) like an appeal is really just thinking out loud.

    It seems to me that trying to win that contract with a big publisher is something like buying tickets for the lottery. Sure, someone will win at some point. But the odds of you winning are definitely not stacked in you favor.

    The game is all about being who we are, writing what we write, writing because we love to, and maybe, just maybe, winning that contract lottery. Is there really a right and wrong way to pick those winning numbers? (Ok, in this case those winning words).

    So, I’ll go buy my lottery tickets, and in the meantime I’ll keep writing, blogging, and schmoozing whatever comes to mind. If anything we say makes sense to anyone, great. If it helps anyone, even just by giving them a little mood pick-me-up, even better. And if, someday, my ship comes in (I hope it’s not the ill fated ghost ship), I’ll have a toast to my good fortune and not forget why I really write.

  4. Pat Bertram Says:

    L.V. I like that — The game is all about being who we are, writing what we write, writing because we love to.

    This is my quandary — I am at a crossroads where I don’t quite know who I am, what I want to write, and how to find the love of writing again. I’m not sure these are things I should admit, but after all, why not? All authors have these crossroads — how we deal with them is what fuels the next book.

    Unfortunately, getting published has a price. Editing. I have one more manuscript to do the final edits for, and then I’m free to start writing again. I’m beginning to look forward to it.

    Sia, I know I should write about things that pertain to my books. In fact, I really blew it when it came to the swine flu! Several people told me how eerie it was reading about the swine flu in my book at the same time it was taking place, and yet I never mentioned it in a blog or an article or a comment. Oddly enough, that’s what my blog was supposed to be about today — the swine flu connection. Somehow I got sidetracked.

    Ray: Indefatigable energy? How wonderful of you to say that. And I will remember that language is music and forget that I have a tin ear.

  5. Adina Pelle Says:

    Pat, your stream of consciousness is that of a very cerebral, intelligent person who happens also to have the gift of writing. I always leave your blog with ideas and a good feeling regarding my own writing.
    I have always been writing for myself only, never even dreamed to get published one day so all seams rather surreal now 🙂

  6. Sheila Deeth Says:

    Write and have fun. Sounds good advice to me.

  7. Suzanne Francis Says:

    Write and have fun is good advice, but…

    I think it’s like exercise. You have to keep challenging yourself to do new things, otherwise your writing “muscles” get flabby.

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