I thought I’d try something different with this week’s Jump Start Your Brain post. I know it’s late in the day to give your gray matter a jolt, but I wanted to share some Deep Thoughts that will kick your thought process into high gear despite the hour.
Recently, someone asked me why I “waste my time” blogging when I could be focusing on money making projects like screenplays, books, or a TV show.
I know the person meant well, and I laughed it off with a witty answer, but now I want to take the time to explain why blogging is a must for me.
Blogging gives me focus. Sure, I don’t make any money from this blog, but it certainly gives my life focus. I’ve written at least one blog post every day since November 1, 2012. No matter what kind of day I have, I know I must write and that forces me to focus on what’s most important to me.
Blogging has improved my comedy writing. Before this blog, I didn’t have the best luck translating my sense of humor onto the page. My comedy screenplays weren’t very impressive, so I focused on writing thrillers, heists, and horror.
Writing this blog has allowed me to hone my craft, and now I have to keep telling myself to find time to write a thriller because I’m all about the funny stuff.
Blogging makes me feel like a writer. As I mentioned above, I’ve written at least one blog post a day for two and a half years. Before I started the blog, I’d go long periods without writing anything. If I wasn’t working on a screenplay, I usually didn’t have another writing project to keep me busy. My brain turned to mush, and it made it that much harder to come up with a new screenplay idea.
Consequently, I didn’t always feel like a writer since I wasn’t putting words to paper on a daily basis. Now I have no trouble calling myself a writer.
Oddly enough, when I’m getting to know a potential date and she asks about my writing, I can direct her to the blog and let me weird stories play wingman for me.
After my Walking Dead post went viral on Facebook and Twitter and got 57,000 views in one day, I wrote to Danny and again offered my writing services. He had seen my Walking Dead post, and this time accepted.
Blogging is very therapeutic. I couldn’t even begin to calculate how much money I’ve saved in therapy bills by using my blog to work out my angst. I’ve dealt with my broken heart, made light of my inability to find someone new, and vented about any number of other issues through thinly veiled blog posts about what was eating away at me.
I’ve made running more tolerable by writing about it. Certain days were a lot less rough than they could have been because I was able to talk about my pain, sadness, loss, or frustration on here.
Blogging has helped me to make so many new friends. You are amazing, Modern Philosophers. I’ve gotten to know some of you much better than others, and I always feel this Blog Love that I am forever mentioning on Twitter.
When I’m lonely and need someone to talk to, there’s always a comment on my blog that needs answering. Getting instant feedback on my writing is something I’ve never had before, and it helps make me a better writer.
Blog party at The House on the Hill. Who’s coming?
Blogging allows me to be the boss. One of he things I most hate about screenwriting is how little power the screenwriter has in Hollywood. People are constantly giving me notes on how to make my story better, and I really can’t get very far unless I’m willing to make the changes they demand.
Even is a screenplay turns out perfectly in my eyes, it takes an Act of Zeus to get the script in front of someone who has the power to green light it.
With the blog, I answer to no one. I write whatever I want whenever I want. I’ve never felt so free as a writer, and I absolutely love it.
Blogging has inspired a novel. Even though my friend thought my blog was a waste of my time since it didn’t generate any income, it has inspired the novel I’m writing. Who knows if anything will come of it, but I do have a series of blog inspired novels planned out in my head.
That wouldn’t be possible if I hadn’t written my first post on November 1, 2o12.
I haven’t written this much, or felt this creative in my entire life. Ideas are constantly spilling out of my head, and if I blogged every one of them, I’d probably fill up the internet and there would be no room left for you guys to blog.
This blog has also allowed me to dabble in poetry, and I’ve written an incredible number of short stories. I’ve also got to put my love of photography to use.
This blog is certainly not a waste of time. If anything, it has revived my writing career.
Blogging is a must for me, Modern Philosophers. What are your Deep Thoughts on the subject?