I don’t know if the word envious is right, but for lack of a better way of saying it, I guess I’ll say that I’m envious of some of the serious writers whose blogs I read. They have an intense focus on writing with the eye and perspective of a skilled craftsman – and this will, I believe, help them in getting their works published. I’ve read how they choose the persona through which they tell their stories. How they have found that publishers favor a pure genre (such as mystery) as opposed to mixed genres (such as science fiction – romance). These are people who in an earlier time would have apprenticed an artist such as Leonardo da Vinci and learned the ways to master their art.
On the other hand, I write this blog because I enjoy it.
During the day my writing is structured. On the other hand my pleasure writing sometimes happens because I sit down at the keyboard and the muse takes over. At other times, it’s an issue about which I believe someone should write. However, when I write for enjoyment I sadly do not draw on the tools and techniques that I see other authors use.
Maybe it’s the rebel in me.
In some cases, in fact, I almost cheer for those who forego the rules and bravely chart their own new style. Who heard of techno thrillers before Tom Clancy? Malcolm Gladwell certainly took business writing in a whole new direction and J. K. Rowling created something quite a bit different from classic fantasy or children’s fiction. Picasso understood the principles classic principles of art before he applied his own perspective; so did M.C. Escher and Maya Lin. Who imagined a painting of melted watches before Dali?
So I guess I write in my own way because I can and I want to. Besides, since I’m the one writing, I just got compared with Escher and Dali!