I have 15 minutes until I have to leave for work. I’m sat here at my computer, looking at all the games I’ve downloaded from Steam over the past few days. I feel sad when I tell myself I have to shut down the computer and not play any until I come back, and that I don’t have time to debate right now because I’m going to be late.
My new found gaming addiction has begun.
I don’t really know what I’m doing here. I must have stumbled upon the WordPress login page, accidently put in the correct login details, and somehow managed to worm my way to the front page.
While all of the above is true, I do have to admit, I am unsure what I’m hoping to achieve by co-writing a blog. There are too many possibilities, so until I find my true blog-writing purpose, I guess you’ll just have to put up with some nonsense on my end.
I realise I’ve pretty much talked about nothing, and have probably wasted those very precious 2 or 3 minutes of yours.
So let’s move the topic along. Whilst I was revising for my summer exams, I made a ‘bad’ habit of watching TED talks. A lot of TED talks. And somehow I came across a couple of talks about language learning and the best ways to learn a foreign language. My favourite is a guy named Benny Lewis. He didn’t begin his language learning until he got to his 20s. He is my new rolemodel! (Youtube his TED talk, it’s quite amazing)! So now, that’s become a plan for the summer. To try and learn a foreign language. I don’t know when I’ll be done, or even if I’ll make it. Jas is attempting to teach me Punjabi…bless her. We’ll see how that goes.
Learning a language poses a similar dilemma to blog-writing. I have no idea what I’m doing.
P.S. I’m sorry. This blog post was supposed to be up a while ago. I may or may not have been caught up in the Steam sales…no regrets.
Hello world and Internet.
This blog marks an endeavour by my best friend and I to share our views and thoughts with the world. As the literary half of this awesome pair, I’ve been charged with our first post but I fear that this hayfever is clouding my creative judgement. So I’ve decided that’s what my post if going to be about – what do you write (or say) when you have nothing TO write (or say … obviously).
One piece of advice I’ve been given constantly throughout my writing life is that you should constantly be writing SOMETHING. Whether it’s an observation you make that day or your opinion on something, writing should be a habit to nurture – like exercise. Just as you would build up a workout routine, you should build up a writing routine. And the main reason behind this is that when you write, you develop and discover your voice. A voice that will change many times in your life as you grow and change as a person, that will develop with the different experiences you have. The act of writing gets you in touch and familiar with that unique voice of yours. So do something. Anything!
And the second piece of advice is, read. Broaden your knowledge and enrich your mind by soaking up the words of others. Read the classics, read thrillers, read romance, read children’s stories. By reading, not only are you provided with more inspiration but your vocabulary increases. And when you’re in the business of writing, you’re in the business of words. Words are like currency so the more you know, the richer you are! And it’s the best kind of richness – there are no cons to having a wide vocabulary.
But most importantly. Remember that writer’s block happens to everyone – even the non writers. The more you stress about it, the longer it’ll last and the worse it’ll get. This doesn’t mean you should get lazy and stop writing (write something – even if it’s crap or one sentence long). It just means that you should stop putting so much pressure on your poor brain and open yourself up to inspiration from everything that surrounds you.
Okay enough lecturing. This first post has been pretty heavy but hopefully I’ve imparted something useful.
Over to you, Emily! Happy posting 😀