I am by no means a serious writer even though I write a lot and have spent a considerable amount on writing literature, courses and workshops. I’ve never considered what a serious writer meant until I joined an online writing workshop. It was there I saw writing was taken quite seriously in terms of people who wanted to achieve something with it.
I’ve always written and I am passionate about writing but because in a sense it is part of who I am, I’ve never thought about it like ‘serious writing’. And I also write what I want, which means at times it may go against the grain. What I mean is hordes of unsympathetic characters, huge holes in story logic and stopping at first drafts. It has also being the a way of self-expression.
In my writing, I am free to write about what I want and how I want without adhering to any fiction/writing rules. It doesn’t matter that there is no discription, too many adverbs/ajectives or there is too much dialogue. It doesn’t matter I do not set the scene or my characters lack motivation.
Unlike my real job where I have to follow the rules, in my writing I was as free as bird in the sky until I joined the online workshop and saw a different attitude. People were really writing for public consumption and in a way this has rubbed off on me.
However it is in totally conflict of why I write. As I said it is a way of self-expression, pleasure and freedom. I have no boundaries. However writing for an audience one often questions if something is okay or not. Too much or too little. Still I want to see my name up in lights so I may conform.
So I’m considering taking it a little more seriously this year. I’ll see how I fare with that. Just a little more seriously – not too seriously so it’s no longer fun, since I have a day job which provides me with enough drama and stress.