12.18.2009

Elements of Style

I have a confession to make about this blog: I draft nearly all of my entries.

No one else I know does this. You keep a personal blog to write what's on your mind - spontaneous, free-from, uninhibited. You don't worry too much about composition.

That said, I can't write this way, especially knowing other people will read my posts. Because I'm an English major, I always have elements of craft in mind: I like my posts to have a clear beginning, middle, and end, a tidy structure, maybe a nifty framing device. As a result, I'm constantly editing and re-editing, and sometimes my posts are saved as drafts for days before I publish them.

So here's a question for my fellow bloggers: are you of the stream-of-conscious school of blogging, an anything-goes sort of attitude? Or are you like me and think about such technicalities as structural repetition when you blog? What's your style? What do you like reading more?

By the way, I've gone through and revised some of my old posts. In case you're interested, or maybe just bored, here are a few of my favorites: one that I thought was funny, some that I found thoughtful (here and here), and another that used a recurring image, like what they teach me in composition. ;-) Oh, and this may be my best-written post.

Thanks again for reading, and as always I appreciate the comments you guys leave me!

2 comments:

X said...

hey T, I'm heading home for Christmas -- wanna hang out?? hehe. I'm not offended if you're too busy or are weirded out by meeting a way older blogger fan, but if you feel like coffee and/or ice cream, lemme know!! chiguynbxlatyahoodotcom

riced said...

I haven't done any metawriting recently, so here goes.

I think I write in a hybrid form of structured consciousness--it's loose enough to convey what I am thinking/feeling without it feeling like I'm writing a formal, academic paper (which I despise so much).

Most of the time, my posts are either happy-go-lucky musings or somewhat deep reflections, but for anything from the seat of my emotions, I prefer to write in verse than in prose.

Don't worry too much about how you write. As a writer, you're always exposed to new ways of conveying and structuring. Even writing something for the first time involves some sort of experimentation and novel creativity. Add to the mix what you're feeling or thinking as you write, then writing in itself becomes a spectrum of possibilities.

Once you feel that you've written enough, you should take a look at your oeuvre. You'll be quite surprised.

I like your post about your deities. I grew up on mythology (perhaps a reason why I was inclined to anthro), and I'm glad you were able to weave that into your writing.

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