*whispers* “I write.”
No, that’s not right. *clears throat* “I write.”
Try again. *deep breath, puffs out chest and screams at the top of my voice…* “I’M A WRITER.”
There. That’s better.
Just wanted to get that off my chest before we go any further. By the way, hello, and welcome to my very first blog post. I’m NomadicWriter.
I’ve had a strong interest in writing for most of my life, though I didn’t realise that in the early days. You would have thought the childhood obsession with buying nicely covered note books and journals, the ever-increasing collection of nice pens or writing poetry and notes about life may have hinted that writing would become an unsigned but binding contract with my heart and mind.
There’s a reason why some writers mention what they do either muttered behind a hand over their mouth or whispered in hushed tones. When the subject comes up in discussion, they’re met with a variety of reactions from those who don’t happen to be into it, from pure admiration at one extreme through to the “It’s not a proper job though, is it,” attitude and variant comments at the other. I think I’ve met most of them, hence my opening gambit with you. Just to complicate matters further, it seems as if many writers, certainly the very good ones I’ve come to know as a reader or interact with as a writer, both of fiction and screen/stage, appear to have a tinge of that all pervading sense of feeling like they’re imposters. It’s a strange and yet intrinsically beautiful profession and one in which I hope to have a lengthy and rewarding career.
Why did I start this blog?
Sometimes a tweet or a Facebook update just isn’t enough to do justice to what you want to convey out there. There’s only so much you can say in 140 characters. Plus, there’s that nagging thought that what you say is just going to disappear into the ether at some point, never to be seen again; despite the fact there may be times when you’re pleased that something’s gone forever to that great big black hole called the Internet, but generally what you would like to be able to do is save it for perpetuity. With that in mind I thought I would start a blog in order to put something out there.
While my main interests are related to writing, whether it be screenwiting (both for the large screen and the small one), writing stage plays and the classic unfinished novel that every writer seems to have stashed away in the bottom of a drawer somewhere, there will be times when I am likely to post about subjects that interest me or items in the news and wider world that merit a bit of discussion and perhaps even the occasional mini rant about some social injustice that’s cropped up or comes to mind. Hope there will be some room to share the occasional bit of my humour with you, which by its nature is a little off-the-wall. Have no fear, this won’t be a place that’s all doom and gloom. Life isn’t like that, so why would this place be any different? Aside from writing, my other main interests relate to film, television, theatre, fiction and poetry. So yes, we’re back to writing again. However, as we go along I hope you’ll discover by way of posts on here the other subjects that are interest me. Really hope to be able to share some little nuggets of knowledge that I’ve picked up along the way concerning writing, TV, film and theatre etc, whilst I fully acknowledge that the world that’s captured me hook, line and sinker is one that by its very nature means it’s both a lifelong commitment and even more importantly, one where you’re learning something new each and every day. That never stops. That also makes it one of the main reasons for being there.
I mentioned I had other interest aside from those related to writing. Okay. Kicking things off here and now, I am an unapologetic lover of animals, both large and small, domestic and wild. In July 2012 I adopted a young two-tone ginger cat, who, like so many – too many, had a difficult start in life. But more on that another time. He, like me, even has his own Twitter account. Yes, that’s how we roll here. He’s my wingman, a.k.a Mr Ginger One, and is a real character in his own right. That’s him in the profile picture. As he plays quite a significant role in my life he’s bound to merit the occasional mention on here. You’ve been warned. Ha!
Much like moving into a new home, where you’re trying to find your way around the place and work out where things go in all the draws and cupboards, please bare with me while I work to improve the look of this page, so that it both serves my purposes and hopefully becomes a more pleasurable experience for you as a reader.
I look forward to the journey that we’re about to embark on. Grab your travel pass and passport and let’s go…
Meanwhile… If you would like to follow me on Twitter you can find me: @NomadicWriter. https://twitter.com/NomadicWriter
My wingman, can be followed @Mr_Ginger_One. https://twitter.com/Mr_Ginger_One