In the last 9 years, I've written a Russian novel's worth of blog comments. Can you help me channel this energy into personal writing projects? NOTE : I am NOT interested in blogging.
Don't get me wrong -- I don't regret the time I've spent commenting on blogs. For years, my writing skill lay dormant, and it took Metafilter (and other venues) to revive it. However, I look back at all the time I spent chatting and debating with people on blogs, and I wish I'd spent at least some
of it on personal writing projects.
I've started and abandoned a number of personal blogs over the years, and I'm not interested in that format anymore. Nobody reads blogs these days, and besides, I'd like to do something less ... ephemeral.
I'd love to someday write novels or short stories; I'm an absolute fiction addict
, and I have nothing but respect for the dedication it takes to write even a bad story. However, from where I'm sitting right now, I wouldn't even know where to start. I'd also be interested in writing non-fiction, which would probably involve recounting some of my odd and varied life experiences.
I've found it's incredibly easy to write a response to someone else's writing -- especially if it's something I have a strong opinion about or there's an opportunity to make a joke -- but I have no idea how to motivate myself to write something on my own.
And so I turn to you, writers of AskMe. How do I channel my blog-commenting energy into personal writing projects? Have you made the same transition? How did you do it? Any rituals, habits, communities, or classes that would be helpful? Any materials I could read?
Thanks for the help! And don't worry, I'll thank AskMe in the acknowledgments for my first novel :)