I’m serious … or not

Yeah, so I signed up for this writing workshop, and guess what? Every person in this workshop is a writer! Who’d a thunk it?

What’s worse, these other writers WRITE … and they do it on their blogs! Most of them craft long, thoughtful, beautifully crafted blog posts. Me? Not so much. I write about bacon … and I don’t even wax poetic about it.

Linda, you might ask, are you taking this workshop seriously? Why, yes I am. Actually, I find it hard to think of anything else now. I even resorted to submitting the opening chapters of my first novel to my critique group, so I didn’t have to use any time writing something new.

The novel and story writer me dwells on serious stuff, about people in pain, but the blog writer me is a different animal. That’s not to say I’m never serious; I was dead serious when I shared my experience with the Blue Muse earlier this year. And I’m serious when I share what I’ve learned about writing, editing, or querying. But a good many of my posts are written with tongue in cheek.

So, if you drop in here and read about pickle jars, Kat Von D, LOST, or a monkey outside my window, don’t think I’m not serious about my craft. Other times, I might actually write something heartfelt, like a walk through my perfect day or my view of an Appalachian heaven or even a little glimpse of Marrakesh from my kitchen window.

But most of the time, after I write all my serious stuff, I just like to come here and laugh a little. I hope you won’t mind.

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31 thoughts on “I’m serious … or not

  1. I chuckle out loud as I read your post. Let me introduce myself… I’m quite certain that I’m the only member of the workshop that does not include “Writer” in her list of accomplishments. Oh I do write and have done so for all of my life, in my journals, in encouraging notes to my children, even had a story published in a newspaper once. Writer is a tag I am ready to earn, thus this workshop is a beginning. I read a few of your posts…loved the Perfect Day… feeling hope and doubt all rolled into one frenzied mind as I try to sort out what I’ve got myself into. Yikes.

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  2. I certainly don’t mind! You know my blog’s sprinkled with its own fair share of LOST and Glee and Starbucks and noisy neighbors – I like reading these sorts of things about other people, too. Your blog is fun to read, and I can most certainly tell that you take writing (and the workshop) seriously. I could tell those things even before I got to know you better these past couple of months while reading/discussing Brevity.

    Happy first Monday of the workshop (excluding intro week – first actual project Monday!)!

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  3. I don’t mind at all. Your blog is you, your books are your characters. And since I happen to like you, I find your blog entertaining. And after writing, I like to visit blogs for some light-heartedness.

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  4. I think someone would’ve revoked my Writer Membership if I hadn’t recently and miraculously been published. Man, I break ALL the darned rules. 🙂

    Hope you had a great Mother’s Day, Linda!

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  5. I just happen to love your un-waxed bacon!

    Those of us who tend to be stuck in the “serious all the time” mode look forward to your informative, light hearted, and friendly post. I know it is a welcome escape from my dreary thoughts. It’s like a feather applied to the bottom of my foot. ::giggles::

    You could make ant bites appear fun and appealing. 😉

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  6. haha I never wear shoes ever… well, unless I really have to!

    I think a blog should be whatever you want/need it to be, and yours is a wonderful read 🙂

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  7. Haha I love this post, nice to see someone else is just as silly as I am! Nothing wrong with having fun 😀

    Bacon, btw, rocks. Srsly.

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  8. I think blog writing and actual writing – writing is a different sort of beast altogether. I find it easy enough to wax poetic on the blog and then find myself struggling to get that same tone or delicacy in my WIP. So I’ve conceded to thinking, it just shows there are more elements to me than one form or style. I hope…

    In any case I love reading whatever you decide to wax poetic about, rather it be television or something as simple as a walk you might have taken. I honestly believe more writers need to allow people to see a more every day (as much as may be possible under the circumstances) side of their personality. (Hugs)Indigo

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    1. Indigo, my experience is just the opposite; fiction writing is much easier than blogging. But yes, each of us have many different sides … and that’s wonderful.

      Well, no matter how hard I try to pretend I’m a sophisticated, learned writer, the real me comes through. 😀 And thank you for reading, always.

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  9. I happen to think laughter is a very good thing. Where would we be without a sense of humour?

    Best of luck with the workshop. I’m sure you’ll have loads of fun..

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  10. all work and no play would make Linda a very dull girl. I came for the bacon..*looks around and sees no bacon*……You tweeted that there was bacon…..but now I need to know…inquiring minds and all that…who the heck is forcing you to wear shoes? And is it something that we, your reading public need to get involved in? I could call 1-800-interventions-R-us for you. Blink twice if you’re ok……

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    1. Wild and Crazy Karen, I could have guessed that you have no problem with my silliness. 😀

      “Forced” as in No Shoes No Service. I spend so much time barefoot that when my dog saw me put on shoes she got all excited because she knew that meant I was leaving the house … and hopefully taking her for a walk. My feet are not one bit deformed from shoes … and I’m proud of it! 🙂

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  11. Let’s don’t make it too serious, Linda. Besides, my first month’s goal is to inject humor into my fiction writing. I should come here for more inspiration! 🙂

    Can I just tell you I *loved* the Appalachian heaven piece? I sometimes think my heart only beats just as it should when I’m in North Georgia, foothills of those glorious mountains. Memory and beauty live there, as surely as the mud that squishes up between our toes.

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    1. Not much danger of getting too serious here, Meredith. 🙂

      Thank you so much for reading that post. I’m so happy you enjoyed it. I’ve always felt cheated that I ended up being born in Indiana rather than in Kentucky; my heart lies there still.

      I loved your use of strawberry juice for the painting on your blog today. Going back to leave a comment.

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  12. I used to get a little jealous over how eloquent other writers were on the blogs. I mean, comparing theirs against mine, it always seems like mine comes up short. Hell, it still does. Right now, I’m mostly just focused on getting something out every day, regardless of how crap it is. But I don’t think anyone would mind if you use your blog as a place to kick back and relax. No one could be totally serious all the time.

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    1. Good for you, Chibi. You can’t compare your writing to others, if it makes you feel bad. Besides, if you’re writing just like someone else, you haven’t found your voice.

      I tried blogging every day, but it drained my mental energy. Now I try to keep a schedule of three times a week, though the workshop posting have thrown me off.

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      1. I never used to blog at all, but then I started a schedule of three times a week… somehow it turned into nearly every day, but I’m not complaining. Have you tried scheduling posts ahead of time? I’ve found it’s helpful for those really busy days.

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        1. Oh yes, sometimes that works for me, but often I realize none of those scheduled posts are what I want to say that day and I write a fresh one. And then, I get too busy to keep up the pace and before I know it, I’ve used all the pre-written ones and have to scramble to write something. Most of the time, writing a blog post early in the morning jump starts my muse for the day, so I usually do it that way.

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