Wednesday, January 04, 2006


Do you find blogging cathartic? In other words, if you write about an emotional event, does it help you come to terms with it? (Or make you want to go find intoxicants? LOL) Does reading about other bloggers’ experiences help you sort out your own problems/hangups/let-downs/worries? (Or make you want to go find intoxicants? LOL) I know a LOT of you bloggers are writing a novel (individually of’s not like there is a giant room somewhere that a bunch of bloggers gather in, and attempt to produce a manuscript, although that might be pretty funny LOL) So tell me, when you are writing a sad, depressing, or angry scene, do you get sad/angry/depressed? It’s necessary to get into the mind of your fictional character to effectively write their words and actions, and I find myself getting caught up in it - LOL I am at a point in my unfinished novel where my main character has been betrayed, and I tell ya, I am paranoid about everything now - LOL I look at the grocery clerks suspiciously, wondering if they are out to somehow stab me in the back! So tell me (please please please please please LOL) does this happen to other writers? Does writing your novel affect your blogging, or vice versa?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't do any *real* blogging while I was writing my novel. I wrote some posts (hidden, viewable by a select few) to let folks know how it was coming along. But the blogging didn't really intersect with the novel writing.

Now as for getting into characters, I think that's the most interesting part of writing a novel. I have a character who had to be careful about touching other people. It's a long story, and if you want to read my novel... oh wait, I have to post it somewhere. Anyway, the point is that I found myself feeling anxious about touching other people, the way this character would have.

And all the time I found myself wrapped up emotionally in what was going on with these characters.

But the most amazing thing about writing a novel was that the story just wrote itself. I was just watching it happen and doing my best to capture it all.

Now mind you, I don't know if it's any good. I don't trust my wife to give me an honest opinion and I don't think anyone else has read it all the way through.

Well I've rambled enough! What was the question?

Oh yeah, what you're going through is totally normal. I think you just need to write some short stories about someone who was really paranoid and was visited by a magic fairy who blew pixie dust and made it all go away. :)

1/04/2006 10:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think blogging certainly helps the writing process. Although my only novel was written years ago
(only witten, not published) I think the limitations of space and attention span on a blog have helped me do a better job with my newspaper column. Of course, this could just be wishful thinking.
I do think though that if you have reached the point where your characters have become real enough that you can identify them, then you are doing a good job devloping them and making them real for your readers as well.

1/04/2006 10:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For me, blogging is different from writing. I don't blog about personal events. I like to keep my blogging satirical, but that's just me.

1/04/2006 12:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am writing a novel now but its stucked on chapter 3 but its not blogging that halted the creative juices . its more like i need a friggin inspiration probably a romantic one.

And regarding to blogging I just love doing it since i am a big show off as well so it works perfectly .

1/04/2006 12:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absolutely. Sometimes blogging helps get the creative juices flowing. I don't typically spew much venom, and when I feel the need I now use my working journal, which the public cannot see. I'm almost always glad I didn't publish the posts I write in there. ;)

Although I enjoy all of my reads, I am particularly fond of the more humorous bloggers.

1/04/2006 02:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not writing any novels, books, or anything for submission of any kind. I just write on my blog out of a love of writing. I have enjoyed writing since I was little. I love reading the comments on my blog and reading the posts of fellow bloggers. I don't like reading blogs that are really serious or drone on about boring details. I enjoy shorter posts with humor.

1/04/2006 06:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I replied over at Snoozelets .

1/04/2006 07:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No novels for me but writing on my blog can be good therapy, if need be. I don't rant much or anything but sometimes it just feels good to say something....

1/04/2006 09:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A good outlet.

That about sums it up for me in the simplest way. It's not exactly therapeutic nor a spiritual necessity, more like a little route to somewhere else.

1/05/2006 12:24:00 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Thank you all for stopping by.

I'm still struggling with this, I've cut back to just writing a few really depressing paragraphs and then doing something else LOL

I REALLY appreciate hearing other takes on this, thank you so much.

1/05/2006 09:36:00 AM  

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