I write a lot of blogs. I sit at my desk, three to five times a week, and write about whatever topic is on for the day, the month, the week. And I've done this for a few years now, since my lovely fans requested it. I've also taken very few breaks along the way, but that's beside the point.
Today, I’m unscripted. I don’t have a topic set for me, and that means I can talk about whatever I want to.
Okay, I guess that’s not entirely true. Usually, we have a list of twenty or so topics we get to choose from, but today, none of those suited. Everybody said I could write about whatever I wanted, and so that’s what I’m doing. It occurs to me though, that this is also a really good lesson for all of us.
Sometimes, we don’t need to have a topic.
I think that’s a hang-up for a lot of writers, especially those who outline whatever they’re working on. We forget that we don’t always have to be scripted, that we really can talk about whatever we want to, when the mood strikes us. It’s not all about filling our genre, sitting quietly in our niche, doing what we’re supposed to do. In fact, I’d venture so far as to say that it’s okay to step outside that box and write something completely different, something unlike anything we would generally write.
That’s what this is, for me. This is me, stepping outside the box and writing, for the sake of writing.
This is my voice, the voice of a writer, one who writes a lot of blogs and has written fifteen novels and a mass of short stories and sometimes finds that she doesn’t have any new ideas when it comes to writing about writing. I think that happens, when you breach the five hundred post mark within a matter of three years.
Told you I write a lot of blogs.
Actually, I write a lot of words in general. It’s pretty rare that I find myself ever not writing, in one form or another. Whether that means working with another author to help them make their book better or working on my own book, whether it’s blog writing or working on new copy for the RAD website (yeah, you're right, I should redo my site text, too), I’m always writing something. It comes naturally to me. It’s what I do.
But I don’t always have to write the same things.
That’s my takeaway, for today. And I’m going to work on it. Because there are too many times when I’ve fallen into a voice that wasn’t mine, a politically correct sound that has nothing to do with who I am.
It’s time to get outside the box.
Join me, won’t you?
p.s. coming soon: audio blogs and podcasts from the RAD staff, including yours truly!