This is My World (But You Can Visit)

Ben V.

Hello Readers.  I felt the need to pop in and leave a few written thoughts on the blog (partly because it feels right and partly because I think the blog can use a new post).  I don’t plan on taking up much of your time, but we’ll see how it goes.  I usually can’t be trusted. 

Before I get into my light ramblings I want to say that I have been picking away at my current story and will have the next part out some time at the end of the month.  I’m still not finished but I am well beyond what I need for part 3.  Also the group of writers got together last week and hashed out a few things and did it’s best to motivate each of us to keep going.  We’ll see what the results are eventually (I hope) and the group will probably get together again soon to help keep up the momentum and pressure.

Writing is a solitary thing.  It’s true.  It’s a fact.  No matter how many books or movies or plays come out with multiple authors the act of putting pen to paper or fingers to keys is a solo endeavor.  The creative flow comes from within and can be shared and collaborated on with others but I think that is akin to a writer working with an editor.  Even when sharing ideas with colleagues or sitting at a keyboard typing up what a co-author is saying, there is a mental process going on in your head that is private and personal.

Okay, so you may agree with me or you may not, but what’s my point?  If you read my solo blog at all (and you should, I work hard on it once a week and put a post up every Thursday) you will know that I don’t always have a point.  I usually just have thoughts (and occasionally ideas).  I think this is the same thing.  I was just scribbling away at my notebook and managed to get out a paragraph and thought to myself how lonely the writing process can be.  I have friends who I wish I could help get moving creatively (*cough* Justin *cough*) and I’m sure I have friends who wish they could help me in the same way.  Unfortunately it doesn’t always work that way.

There are some aspects of life that benefit from a group and others very much do not.  Things that come out of creativity can sometimes work better with a group mentality behind it and writing is always better when an editor gets a hold of it but one thing that seems to always improve when a group is involved is productivity.  I’m not talking about group projects in school.  Those are the worst and seem to only teach people that you can’t rely on others, I’m just saying that sometimes it’s nice to have a group working on a project, supporting each other and energizing the individuals.  Writing doesn’t always fit in that structure and I probably wouldn’t be able to stand it if it did, but the idea of the collective (and this whole blog) was born out of the idea of a group being stronger than the individual.

Maybe writing will always be a solitary thing, but that doesn’t mean we can’t work together to reach a common goal.  There is something essential about comradery even in someone like me who often can’t stand people.  I think I have found that here.  I certainly have in my fellow writers and I hope that we all will eventually find it in our readers.  I don’t mean to be sappy, but there is nothing more inspiring that a positive comment on a story you’ve written.  Now I just have to figure out a way to motivate my fellow writers on this site, then maybe they can use it to motivate me.

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