I like the process of writing.
I would love to be able to write a novel, but fear that is not for me: I lack the imagination and the art of descriptive prose. No, I am much more a non-fiction kind of writer. I like the process of collecting my thoughts, organising them and laying them out in an ordered manner; taming them, if you will.
If I am going to go to all the trouble of taming my thoughts and caging them in words on a page or a computer screen, then sharing them is the obvious next step. The trouble is they are then available for others to judge, question and challenge.
It is not too bad when they are just available on this blog, whose readership rarely reaches double figures, but I have now been given the opportunity of exposing myself (just my thoughts – don’t panic!) to a wider audience. The Gloucester Citizen has asked me to provide occasional articles for the paper.
This is both exciting and daunting.
The brief is very broad: I can write about anything I like that will be of interest to the Citizen’s readers. I should provide one or two articles per month and can submit when I like, so there are no firm deadlines and I can make the most of jumping on something vaguely topical as it occurs.
But of course, its readership may exceed double figures. Gulp.
The other problem is that the articles should be between 300-350 words. I feel it very difficult to express myself in so few words. I like to think this is because my thoughts are deep and complex; others suggest it is because I have a tendency to ramble. Philistines.
Anyway, I have submitted my first article already – no time like the present – so hopefully it will be okay and will appear in a paper near you very soon.
Well, what do you know, this blog is exactly 350 words long – I may be getting the hang of this brevity thing after all. Don’t worry, it won’t last.