Thursday, September 12, 2013

For The Love Of Writing

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I have a post on this blog about my Blogging Story. All about how I started blogging and where it has taken me. I suppose for some, blogging has had a very tangible impact on their lives. For example, the big bloggers out there have made a name for themselves in the blogsphere and have an income off their blog. For me, it's a little bit more internal than that (although one day I hope to be in their league). For me, it's about writing.

The thing is that I'm in theatre. For those of you who don't do theatre, here's something you need to know: it consumes you. When I'm not doing homework, out with friends, or on this blog, I am thinking, living, and breathing theatre, and I love it! Actually now that I think about it, I mostly go out with theatre friends, so maybe it even has a hold on me when I'm out on the town. The point is, I don't have much opportunity to get away and just chill. I don't have as much time as I'd like to read, sew, craft, cook, write, or shoot photos. This blog almost forces me to sit down for just a few minutes a day and gather my thoughts. It's therapeutic and gives me a moment of calm every day. It also helps my creativity!

My blog was especially important to me when I was in Belgium (if you'd like to read some of those stories, click here). I blogged just about every day and I recounted every little detail of my days. Since I rarely talked to people back home, it gave me a real way to connect with them. Everyone back in the States, and around the world, really, knew what was going on with me and was able to be a part of my experience. Plus, having that catharsis every day was extremely helpful for my mental sanity. Looking back, some of my posts were incredibly sad, some depressing, some hysterical, and some beautifully poetic. Even looking back at the journaling or poetry that I was writing while I was there makes me long for the days of train rides and quiet afternoons where I could take the time to dig deep into my soul and write something lovely. Maybe I will post some of those poems here one day.

Yes, I hope that one day my blog will become popular and yes, I love getting comments on my posts and yes, my heart jumps a little when I get a new follower. But it's not just about that. It's about taking the time to go to a calm place and write.



4 comments:

  1. Emma, you and I both my dear. Writing is the best way I know to express myself and has been since I was a kid. I too love that blogging allows me to dabble more in it, while I also work on my manuscript on the side. I've never done theatre (okay, I did a play in elementary school but I read one line and I'm pretty sure elementary school doesn't count) but I can relate to your feeling because writing a novel consumes you and not in a bad way. You think about it, you are part of it, it is coursing through you at all times. You need it and it needs you.

    And I agree, it's not about the numbers. Sure, it would be nice, but numbers are really just that, numbers. Cheers to you and thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. I've actually started writing a novel before! A couple years ago, I did NaNoWriMo and I finished my word count, but it only took me about halfway through my story. Since then, I've barely touched it, but I can understand what you mean. Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you come read again soon :)

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  2. I love the way you've told your stroy and the way you've described it all.

    Mel
    Mel's Corner

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    1. Thank you so much for reading! Please stop by again soon!

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