I am an expert in draft writing! I am trying to make an effort to release some content from the drafts box so forgive me that this is possibly published 3 months too late! As in it’s about New Year the content is still good though 😉
Whilst most “normal” (I use the term loosely) people partied, drank copious amounts of alcohol reminisced on the events of 2012 I watched a film (drinking red wine, eating smarties with Daddy & Charlie Moo – who was able to “can’t sleep” for 5 hours!!) called “Julie & Julia” – I started watching it because t was about a blog.
… the film was charming and moving and an easy watch. It made blogging look easy though like this lady blogged and had 100’s of comments daily, interviews, book deals etc etc … When we all know this isn’t true in reality – well in my reality! I still do a little happy dance when I get a comment – don’t you??
In the morning (yes that is the 1st January a whole 3 months ago!) I noticed I’d written on my notepad “Can anyone be a writer?” obviously this film had got my creative juices flowing or it could have been the wine. I did some research. It turns out that the blog wasn’t really that interesting – it was more about Julie than the cooking. The reviews of the book on Amazon weren’t great BUT give her her dues Julie has now carved herself a successful career from writing with a second book under her belt.
Can anyone be a writer?
The opportunities to have your work read are certainly more prolific than say 10-20 years ago. With e-books and self publishing being accessible to us mere mortals. I meet many people who worry about Blogging and the grammar and spelling side of things and then I meet people who don’t care and just write because they enjoy it. Which is how it should be.
I never set out ever to be a “writer“. I started blogging as a way of sharing my skills and knowledge with other small businesses – mainly as many of them were like me and working from home around a young family and it can be hard to get out to network.
I only wrote my book because:-
- I could see from my blog – readers had an interest in these areas
- I secured a publishing deal based on blog content – I wouldn’t have actively gone about self publishing.
- I’d just given birth to my 3rd child what else would I do with the long nights of feeding – 1 finger typing is surprisingly easy!
- I like a challenge!
Do you think anyone can be a writer? Are you a dabbler? Do you stress about punctuation and grammar or do you just let the content flow? I’d love to hear your thoughts!