Writing vs. BloggingPosted: January 18, 2014
I started off this year with a great deal of enthusiasm, joining in with the daily blogging tasks from The Daily Post, writing every day as I know that writing every day improves writing style, word count and general confidence in the practice of writing.
That was all fine until a few days ago when I realised I wasn’t writing, I was blogging. The subtle difference is that I was writing for a blogging audience in the WordPress community rather than developing my word crafting skills toward the goal of writing poetry and fiction.
This was fun, I did enjoy the biographical aspect of the writing but was finding that it was pushing out the other forms of writing I was wanting to do. To counter this I wrote a really succinct flash-fiction piece (less than 100 words) to remind myself of the components of storytelling.
I enjoyed this more, and want to spend more time doing this rather than chasing my tail to complete the various daily and weekly tasks that the sites set me.
I will still do some of the prompts at the various sites that I visit but will be far more discerning about the prompts I use and how I fulfil them. More of the prompts will be dealt with using fiction and poetry and less will be biographical and soul-searching.
Hopefully this won’t lose me my audience, but I need to do this for my plans of writing 50,000 words of fiction in November, and more as I develop my writing skills.