I am starting a new project. Or that is, I am restarting an old project. Writing down some of the many stories residing in my head. As those of you who have known me for a while know, I love stories. I love reading them and I love making them. I just don't love writing them down. My written words seem to steal away all colour and magic from my stories.
I read an interesting blog the other day by the author of The Termite Queen; Lorinda J. Taylor http://termitewriter.blogspot.no/2013/04/some-thoughts-aimed-at-writer-with.html Where she expresses her curiosity for those who are afraid, or lack the confidence to publish their stories. She never worried about this, she says. She writes stories for the love of doing it. Not caring much about the rest.
I saw this post on Neil Gaiman's site http://neil-gaiman.tumblr.com/post/47903123398/bigdamncalligraphy-so-i-did-this-pair-of-quotes Where he says to make art and not to worry about whether it is good or bad.
Maybe the reason I don't love actually writing down my stories, is because of fear. Fear of the stories being bad. Fear that my grammar and sentence structure is not up to par.
Maybe another reason for my writing being bad and stealing away all the magic and the colour is because I lack practice.
That just won't do.
I'm going to start posting some of my stories on this blog. I'm going to start writing down some of the stories that are still only existing in my head and posting them here. I'm going to stop caring about all the rest. That is probably a big lie, but I'm going to do it anyway.
You can read them, or not. I'll label them so you can choose to avoid them. You can comment on them and help me improve my writing, or not. you can leave a link to your own stories if you like in the comment section. It's up to you. Just as it is up to me to write and post them. The beauty of blogs. I get to decide what gets posted and you get to decide what gets read.