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Should My Blog Be More Serious?

It surprises me when I think that this fall, the blog will be five years old. It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was sweating bullets before hitting the “Enter” button, wondering if anyone would actually read it and if they did, would anyone like it and continue reading?

Thanks to you, dear readers, I am still at it. Your wonderful feedback has made it a delight to keep tapping into my passion and to keep working on written material for you, week after week.

Over the years, I have sometimes asked myself if I needed to change the blog’s direction: Should I challenge myself with more topical posts? Should my posts be more serious? Should I use my blog for stronger opinion pieces?

When I listen to my conscience, the answer is an easy no.

From a very young age, Erma Bombeck was my literary hero. I was inspired by her books that shared her insight and observations on suburban family life, with joy, love and a healthy dose of self-deprecating humour.

She connected with tens of thousands of readers through laughter and humanity. For me, that is admirable and serves a definite purpose.

Deep down, there is a little bit of Erma inside of me that inspires and informs the way I write, but my writing style and choice of topics are stamped with my own writer’s fingerprint:

I enjoy the fact that I can talk about subjects to which many can relate, whether the post is about cats, getting older, running, writing, travel, TV, movies, music, solving life’s little problems or discovering life’s serendipitous moments.

I enjoy the fact that I can write about things that resonate with people on a human level without getting too heavy.

I enjoy the fact that I can share my unique perspective on topics, only to find out that it is not that unique after all when people tell me that they can relate to what I wrote.

I enjoy the fact that people can turn to my blog for something light, something funny, something quirky or something informative. To me, that is a valuable mission, when life is quite serious as it is.

Writing a more upbeat and positive blog has even lifted my own spirits at times when I had a hard time finding positivity.

I enjoy the fact that I can use my blog as a safe environment to try out different writing ideas and even to test the waters with some creative pieces, given my aspirations to make the transition from corporate writer to novelist or screen writer.

Writing the blog has allowed me to share my enthusiasm for life and its many funny and fascinating moments, without making points at anyone’s expense.

Has it been hard to stay within this mandate? At times, it has.

But on a few occasions I did get a little deeper in writing about personal challenges, but always from a positive perspective, and with the aim to help spread the word that we all sail through choppy waters at one time or another and that’s OK. Things do get better with time.

I have never thought of myself as a hard-news journalist, nor do I feel a need to take up the charge. There are more than enough news outlets to deliver the different perspectives on world events, my blog does not need to be one of them.

Could I use my blog to be more topical and more serious? Sure, I could. But it’s great to know that I don’t have to and that I can just be myself and offer a pleasant diversion, to get a break from life’s seriousness and to promote the many joys of living.

I’d like to think that blogging from the heart rather than from the mind is the most authentic way to go.

I think Erma would have approved.

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Sincere thanks for reading!
Have a great day,
André

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How Creating a Character’s Family Tree is Like Sudoku

It’s midnight and I’m not sure whether it’s every writer’s dream or every writer’s nightmare, but the little writer’s voice is babbling details about the family tree for the characters in my screenplay.

On one hand, I am a little annoyed because it is a “school night” and I have a busy work day planned for tomorrow. On the other hand, with the heartbreak of writer’s block going on around the world, I really can’t complain when my own writer’s voice is in overdrive with ideas.

I grab a pen and a pad (tucked neatly in my nightstand for just such a literary emergency) and I start sketching out the ideas as they come to me.

Given that this is my first screenplay, this is all new to me, but if it’s anything like my process for writing blog posts, this probably won’t be a linear process from start to end.

The main characters start identifying themselves to me. Then, the main sources of tension between the characters form a neatly bulleted list. The resulting struggles are identified and even the desired end result becomes crystal clear to me.

Now… how do we get from “once upon a time” to “and they lived happily ever after”, while hitting all those marks along the way? Continue reading

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