I’ve been doing a bit of reading and research on writing, making my writing better, and expanding my readership. Within most of what I have read, there is a common theme; identifying my brand and sticking with it. Therefore, I am going to use this post to nail down what my brand might be, because the thoughts that spill out of my brain, either through my fingers or out of my mouth, tend to be completely random and based heavily on something I hear or read at a random time. Really, what the majority of my writing here is, and will probably be for the foreseeable future, a response.
But what do I want my brand, my writing, to do? What do I want it to say? Those questions seem pretty important to me. I want my writing to have some purpose. I want it to not only to present my thought on whatever the subject may be, but to provoke a thought or response from the reader. A good response. A bad response. Something. I’d prefer it provoke an agreeable response, but I know that isn’t always going to happen. Disagreeable responses are acceptable, too. I’d like to make people’s heads nod or shake.
I guess that is what most of us here want.
I also understand that patience is my friend in this endeavor; a kind of “if you build it, he will come” thing. Patience is not my strong suit. Really, I stink at being patient, but I’m trying.
Anyway, I am going to keep trying to hone my brand, and follow where my writing takes me. If there is one thing I know, it is that writing cannot be forced. It has to come freely from somewhere inside with plenty of honest thought and contemplation. Otherwise, it stinks…mine does anyhow.
We live in exciting times. There are so many things happening around us all the time, and a lot of it is thought provoking. Let’s see what is provoked and also where the thoughts go and what they generate.