Thursday, September 8, 2011

What's the Big Idea?

I've heard that millions of people blog...so why would I think my voice would have anything distinctive to add to the general uproar?

I don't actually know that I do.  To tell the truth, the thing that got me thinking about blogging was the publisher of my only novel assuring me that I'm the only one of her writers who DOESN'T have any connection to a blog--strongly suggesting I should do something to change that.  It seems a blog is useful in promoting one's writings...

Believe it or not, I have no trouble going left when everyone else goes right.  In fact, you could say at times I've stubbornly preferred  going against the crowd...but I guess I've gotten wise enough over the years to see a knee-jerk reaction against all convention isn't smart.  The time I've spent in the Army may have contributed to that change of mindset on my part.  At least a bit.

But there was no way I was going to agree to start my own blog if I had nothing to say.  The obvious thing would be to write about writing, but to tell the truth, I don't like writing and am not especially good at it.  Writing is a joyless task for me, an unhappy sentence at hard labor--except for when I finish up a writing bit.  What I actually enjoy are stories, more specifically story ideas.   The writing is just what must be done to get the story out, the scaffolding supporting the idea structure I love.

I'm pretty sure I have at least one new story idea a day, which amount to far more ideas than I'll ever be able to write up.  So why not blog about my story ideas?  And maybe also talk a bit about ideas outside the realm of writing?

So what's "Travis's Big Idea"?  It's me sharing thoughts on concepts, especially story concepts, with anyone who might be interested in about reading them.  Just maybe that will prove to be at least a little unlike the general blogging uproar.

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