Writing About Writing

As you can probably guess, blogging isn’t what I do for a living. Nor is it what I spend the bulk of my day doing. There’s a whole lot else going on that takes me away from the one place I feel comfortable, productive, happy that I’m doing something which feels authentic and worth everyone’s time. A quick breakdown of current distractions:

  1.   The scramble to find Job B before Job A’s contractual obligations conclude
  2.   The search for another rental home, this time in a different state
    1.   Moving the hell out of New Jersey
  3. Attempting a freelancing career (I’ll let you know how that goes)

Distractions be damned, most important to me still is that, one way or another, I graft together a writing career (again, I’ll let you know). Which places this blog at the top of things I need to do each day. It’s important I have something written and posted early each day because I want this site to have regularity, a sort of cadence so that you can turn to this blog on any given day with the expectation that you will find something original to read. That’s an important aspect of blogging, and I think that’s what you, faithful reader, would like to see here.

However, it’s unlikely I’ll be able to produce prose-poetry every morning. Wringing myself through the emotional pasta-maker of prose-poetry requires a certain creative vigor, and sometimes I’m worn too thin to make it work. Not writing in the morning ruins my day, and ruins what I just said about keeping Mick’s Neon Fog a regular repository.

I’ve been toying around with a few ideas for supplementary content, and I think what I’ll do is write about writing. Because clearly there aren’t enough writing tips, writing blogs, writing advice, writing retreats, writing-lesson snake’s oil salesmen (and saleswomen) dragging their nails across thousands of the internet’s biggest chalkboards.

But I think I can offer something different. If it turns out I’m wrong, please let me know, loudly, in the comments section or feel free to do so discretely (but still loudly) via email or a personal message.

When you write about writing, you can usually take the specific topic you’re writing about – for instance the use of adverbs, or free-form writing, or deus ex machina – and find in it something true to humankind. Writing about writing is writing about creating; and to create, even in the most mundane sense of the term, to be able to alter your environs, is a critical component to what it means to be human. And so it goes with creative writing: when you write about writing you should be able to find something to say about impalpable humanity. For instance, if you’re writing about why it’s so important to write everyday, you establish your concrete facts and propositions and then you strip away the desk, the pen, the writer himself and you get to the shadow on the wall — what does it mean to be able to write effortlessly, without ego?

This post is turning out to be a primer page. When I woke-up this morning I’d had the idea of getting into the debate about whether or not to outline before writing. I was going to talk about choices only existing in frameworks, say a few things about freewill, find a bunch of great links to share, but unfortunately I’m out of time.

Hopefully tonight I’m asleep Early As Fuck, and I get a great night’s sleep (writer’s rest), and tomorrow I can get back to prose-poetry.

Thanks for reading.

2 thoughts

  1. Very nice writing. You have a great blog style. I too have just begun a blog and look forward to it. I intend to have a website that has several focuses. Onr of them monitary. I need a passive income and its a great way to start. Good luck with it, ill be following your ptogress and look forward to some amazing reading!!


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