The reality for writers these days is to maintain a public blog. This runs a bit counter to how I work, but I’m finding it necessary nonetheless. So, then, I need to take this blog phenomenon and make it fit how I work. There are two big things I’ve realised about my writing process lately:
1) I do most of my writing not related to school on weekends
2) I tend to think in fives. I spent most of my growing up with five people in my family (my mother, my two brothers, my sister, and me.) I favour a five-act structure over a three-act in writing. I tend to break up my poems in five sections.
So, you can see that the way I work fits blogging well, if I write five days’ worth of material over the weekend. And what I want to do is write series, five interrelated essays at a time.
I won’t guarantee I will write every week, at least at first. It will be more reasonable to aspire to once I can get home internet access. (I’m having unusual issues getting this set up.) But I already know the first few series I want to write, some of them having sat in my head a long time and must finally come out. The material will be social commentary and memoir, as most of what I write otherwise is poetry and fiction.
So, there. This will not and cannot sit idle anymore.