What’s the Point? – A Manifesto to Myself

What IS the point, exactly?

No, I am not talking about the meaning of it all – I think we all know that the answer to that is 42 – I am merely talking about the overall purpose of this blog, which I have discovered to be far easier to formulate in one’s head than on paper. And worse still, far easier to live up to in theory than in practice. But I digress.

I have always had a passion for writing, which stems back to the roleplaying days of my youth. Being the more creatively inclined, I often found myself in the role of game master, which meant I had to create adventures which I could then inflict upon my friends. As I grew older, these adventures became more and more elaborate to the point that they were more akin to short stories than roleplaying adventures. When I left my teen years behind me, roleplaying games slowly fell out of my life, but the passion to create stayed with me. In the years that followed I sporadically exercised my creative muscles, but it always lacked focus: an isolated chapter here, an intensive scene there, but never anything that could be considered a true story.

That all changed a few years back. A sudden surge of inspiration hit me, a surge of inspiration bigger even than the days of my youth. Whole worlds that I had created in my mind over the years began to amalgamate and coalesce, and suddenly whole stories started playing out in my head. Much was written, and equally as much was discarded, but with each axed idea the stories became clearer. The lack of focus was still there, especially in the way I jumped back and forth between stories, but undeniable progress was nonetheless made on a near daily basis. Then the writer’s block planted itself firmly in my mind. The past year or more I have hardly been able to write at all. It feels all bottled up, a sort of mental constipation.

And that leads us to this manifesto, which is simply just meant to be a reminder to myself. Strange perhaps to write to oneself in a medium such as this, but my mind has always been the most retentive when the ideas have been written down. With this blog I am hoping to unbottle that creativity, and reconquer my love of writing. Writing is often subject to a sort of domino effect; Writing something, anything, can easily lead to an urge to write more. A word becomes a sentence, a sentence becomes a paragraph, a paragraph becomes a chapter, and a chapter becomes a book. The trick is to harness that urge in the right direction. So my intentions are simply to write, to just talk about things I find interesting, to rekindle my love of the written word. The spark will come, I am quite sure of it. In time, I even hope to write the occasional short story here, just for the pure joy of it. Perhaps even dabble in some poetry if the mood strikes me.

Now I just need to remember to occasionally look back at this to see what my intentions are, or were. Hopefully I will, and if not, hopefully I will continue writing. Writing can change minds, and even if that mind is but yours, it is always worth it.

Note to self: FOCUS!