I feel as if I have been in exile – there’s been a glitch which is now sorted thanks to the WordPress happiness engineers. I don’t what went wrong but I haven’t been able to post anything over the last three days. It was so frustrating because writing here has become such a habit and so much part of my writing day, i feel quite out of kilter if I can’t!
I started blogging about eight years ago; it was something I’d never done before and to begin with it was intended only as a way to promote my books, and to share something about me as a writer. It wasn’t very long before it became much more than that, but in the beginning as I’d had no experience about blogging I hadn’t much of a clue what I was doing. I didn’t use tags or images, apart from the covers of my books, but gradually I learned and gradually I found my voice.
When I’m teaching about writing, I’ve always emphasised the importance of the writer’s voice which is not necessarily the characters voices! I didn’t realise that which I guess i should have done. Maybe some bloggers and writers assume a voice which may not be their real selves, but I think I write as me, and i try to be honest in the way i write and what I write. When I have tried to adopt a certain style it seems very artificial – and when I read it back to myself sometimes I’m even quite embarrassed!!
Writing here really is a part of my life, and i felt quite miserable when things went wrong over the last few days. However, all is well now, and i can get back to my daily jottings!