Good question. Because I used to be an aspiring writer.
I’ve put pen to paper countless times (and not the sort of “countless” that is used as hyperbole to mean “a lot;” I mean I lost count). Or rather, fingertips to keyboard. I grew up with paper and around puberty switched to digital. I don’t have those old notebooks anymore. With a psyche as conflicted as mine, I wanted to be rid of reminders. But I have a lot of digital files I’ve kept, and I mean a lot.
But why should you care? I haven’t demonstrated my writing chops to you yet. And if those old ones were so hot, why aren’t I published by now?
Fear. Ice-cold terror.
One of those.
I try to think of the kind of blogs I actually read, and they go like this:
-Fanfiction. Love it. You may not be familiar with participatory culture, but I am. I’ve been a part of it for a long time, but not in deep enough to really have solid ties within any fandom. It’s tough to keep friends online and off.
-Worlds I’m not familiar with. This is also the number one rule of screenwriting. (And reality TV/documentary producing.) You draw the audience into a world unfamiliar to them. Exotic. As simple as a chef’s kitchen or as complex as the planet in that blue cat movie. (Ava-what?)
-Celebrities. This sort of goes with worlds I’m not familiar with. If a celebrity is writing about their day, sometimes I want to hear about it. Why? Because our culture is kind of fucked up.
-Comedians. If it’s funny, I’ll follow it. I’m gonna combine this with movie and game reviewers, because more often than not, I like critics who are also entertaining. So Comedian/Critic/Reviewer.
Why haven’t I listed advice or practical things like cooking or how-to’s? Because I don’t give a shit about those unless I have a very specific question that needs answering.
So why should you read me? Will I fall under any of those categories? I see you hoping it’s not fanfiction.
Possibly it won’t. I’ve washed my hands clean of that for the most part, and the number one venue for fanfiction on the Internet is still…
…drum roll please…
LiveJournal! There’s that name again. Who ever heard of it? If you’re asking that, then you’re not a true fan of anything. Except maybe sports.
What did Eris write about that was so scintillating?
Well, when I go back and look, it’s actually my most heartbreaking pieces about memory and longing. About the fleeting nature of joy and passionate love. About how life changes as you grow older, and wisdom is only gained by learning from mistakes.
Shit like that.
Whew. I’m getting ahead of myself. I could only make you believe I can write if I actually pull this off. And I can’t let it all out now. Do I even have it in me?