Creative Writing as a Life Skill

Jan 2015 Sharon and FrodoToday’s Blogging University assignment is to introduce yourself, a “who I am and why am I here” post. Rather than say who I am, it makes more sense for me to explain, why I am blogging. I’m actually using two blogs on the WordPress platform right now, but I’ll simply publish this post once.

Creative Writing is something that appeals to me, and quite frankly, I rather suck at it. Almost every year I challenge myself to begin writing daily, and I make it only three to four days in before I quit. Writing non-fiction is easier for me, but still difficult.

I launched this blog because I stay extremely busy with “life” but often can’t tell you what I’m doing from one week to the next. I work from home, seven days a week, and the days, weeks, and months all tend to blend together. What did I do last week? I don’t know, but now I have this place where I can go back and look and recall the recipes we’ve tried, books I’ve read, movies we’ve watched… things that make up my day-to-day life.

Now that I have this location (Drink More Decaf) I got a little crazy and created a second WordPress site where I can practice fiction. Why? Mostly because I’m very good at creating crazy challenges for myself. Partly because I want to see if I can actually write fiction more than five days in a row! I’m really not sure. I know if I improve my ability to write fiction, it will carry over to non-fiction, so my goal isn’t to become a writer, but simply a better communicator. It feels a little complicated to manage two blogs where I am challenging myself to write daily for each, but I wanted a clear demarcation between my life, and fictional writing exercises that have no basis in my reality. I’m hoping I can make this work!

So there you have it, for those of you participating in the Blogging 101 course, this is my WHY. I look forward to reading your introduction as well!

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