Moron writing

IMG_1222 I sat in the upstairs dining hall at Farmer’s Market on Fairfax and Third.

Luckily, this large and airy room – the perfect place to take your lunch – is largely unknown to the crowds of tourists below who endlessly parade the aisles of the market, jostling with their trays, looking for an empty table. Farmer’s Market is for some reason a big tourist attraction, a Los Angeles landmark. Thankfully, most visitors don’t notice the staircase that leads to the big dining hall, which, as I say, is usually quite peaceful.

I began to write. “To write, just for the sake of writing” is a great thing, said Dave of The Funny Names Blog. It’s true. there’s a certain pleasure, an inherent personal value, in writing. Several years ago when I first started blogging, I commented to Eric Alagan – that is we conversed, or conversated if you like, via the comments section – about the validity of blog writing.

My position was that blogging is not “real” writing. To me writing meant writing a book, some short stories, or long literary essays. Blogs were by their nature briefer. I also felt that writing for the blog would detract time and energy from the “real” writing.

Well, looking back, I must say that I was 100% correct. Empirically, (and one must always be empirical when one can!) I’ve blogged hundreds of posts, but I’ve written zero novels, just a few stories. In short I haven’t written very much. Now, don’t get me wrong. I like a lot of my posts. I enjoy “writing” for this Bumbastories gig. However, my “literary” production is definitely down.

Unlike writers who make a living from writing (a group about as numerous as hens’ teeth, and equally as appealing) I have always been unwilling, to write commercially: to conform to industry norms re subject matter, plot development, etc. I don’t throw in any gore or gratuitous sex (However, I am nonetheless a firm believer in gratuitous sex!). For me, the writing is so time-consuming and energy-depleting that it just seems a pity to write anything that I don’t like. For me it has to be genuine.

“OK,” you ask. “So, when are you going to start the next novel?”

“Soon'” I say. “After some of that gratuitous sex.”

8 thoughts on “Moron writing

  1. Blogging is a big distraction from everything, I read a lot less now than I used to and also haven’t written any novels. Perhaps we should rename WordPress WordLess.

  2. Hello Stephen,

    Blogging can be distracting and I found it to be especially so after I embarked on writing screenplays.

    All good wishes with your novel and good luck with the gratuitous sex 🙂

    1. Good luck to you, too. Yes, I know you’ve cut back on the blogging, which I, as well as many others I’m sure, regret a bit because your posts were always interesting. Good luck on the screenplay. As for me, I’ve been busy with a number of things recently and seem to do most my writing on the run and not often enough. It takes a strong will to keep with it, so hats off to you Mr. Alagan! All the best.

  3. Blogging, writing for no reason – it all keeps the writing channels oiled, but you are right about not getting the novel written. I know this empirically too, and not a bit of gratuitous sex to blame either. Hey ho! The writing life is a bumpy old ride. Keep at it though.

  4. Oh dear. If I had any brains, I would put my posts together in the form of a very long book. Mine are wordy, so should I at least get something out of being a blabbermouth? LOL!

    1. Check out Eric Alagan’s blog. He did that with Mechanic Leigh stories. I tried to do that too with Story of the P’s, a serialized novella. On wordpress it’s tricky to reverse the order, to get them chronological again, but I did it. And writing is supposed to a therapeutic sublimation for being a blabbermouth, but I think it only makes it worse. 🙂

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