I had planned to write more about what I did in NY and who I met and all that but…it’s all kind of a blur by now. My wedding is in 2.5 weeks and I’m kind of a ball of stress due to that and the fifteen billion other things I’ve got going on in my life. It’s amazing I can walk really…
I do want to talk about the one full session I attended at BlogHer before I lose the memory! The session was part of the Writing Lab and was entitled “Stoking Your Creativity.” The topic was the #1 reason I went to BlogHer and the panelists addressed all of the things that I was there to figure out!
One of the panelists in the session was Rita Arens, author of the blog Surrender, Dorothy and editor of the book Sleep is for the Weak (which has been on my wish list forever…I haven’t read a book in two years!). I got a chance to speak with Rita on Saturday night after the parties ended and felt even more enamored with her afterward. She is a smart, funny, well-spoken, down-to-earth woman. I am so glad I was able to meet and talk to her.
There were a couple of things that Rita said that have really stuck with me since the session, the first being “no one cares if you write that novel.” Sure, family and friends will be happy for you but ultimately the writing is more for the writer’s personal satisfaction. When I started writing, I definitely focused more on the fact that I had so much in my head that I needed to get out. As time has gone by I’ve gotten much more aware of my audience and sometimes that has definitely had an impact on what and how I write. Rita’s words were a great push for me to go back to the beginning.
At one point in the session someone in the audience asked how a blogger can switch gears and talk about different topics on the blog. The answer was simple – use tags or categories and readers can choose to skip that entry based on that. She emphasized that it’s okay that the writer’s mood affects the blog entries – after all, everyone experiences these in life and it shows the writer’s authenticity. This hit home with me in a big way. I have struggled over the past couple of years to write on this blog because of all the turmoil in my life. Somehow I lost sight of the life/blog parallel while worrying about whether anyone would want to read what I had to say.
The live blog version of the Stoking Your Creativity session can be found at BlogHer website. I would encourage you to check it out and also Rita’s blog. Even better, go to BlogHer next year in San Diego and meet her!
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- OFFICIAL BLOGHER ’10 LIVEBLOG:Writing Lab: Writing Inspiration: Stoke Your Creativity (blogher.com)
- BlogHer ’10 Speaker Spotlight, July 20, 2010: Writing Inspiration – Stoke Your Creativity (blogher.com)
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