Updated: Apr 30, 2020
If you are reading this then you have found my blog, welcome. You might be wondering what motivates W.S. Petty to write such interesting and compelling articles. I wondered too, so I thought I’d take a look to see where I drew my inspiration, in the hope of providing an answer and encouraging others to do the same. I’ve come up with a few bullet points below, see if you agree.
It’s no secret that I would like to publish a novel, several novels, one day. But I’m not confident that I possess the skills in writing to accomplish such a mammoth task at this point in time. In any case, writing a book is a slow process which encompasses a number of tasks, not all of which are writing. I spend a great deal of time researching, making notes, outlining and working on characterisation. Writing a blog gives me a break from that while giving me something to get a grip with, something that will ultimately improve my ability to write. I want to improve and the only way to improve is to do. I want to look back in the future and spot errors in my work, to see how I’ve written a piece of work, an article or even a little tweet and say ‘I’d never write like that now.’ To do is to grow; and to blog is to cultivate an aptitude for writing.
I don’t know what I want to write about and I’ve no idea what I’ll be good at writing about. Writing a little bit about lots of things will help me discover my genre, I hope!
Body of Work
In a number of professions, hobbies or areas in life, a person might be the absolute best at what they do. But unless they have some form of outlet to show off their work, who’s going to know? The butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker, all have the ability to show off their wares in the window of their shops. Or on their website as may be the case. Not conducting your work in the public eye is very much ok for some, but to someone like me who wishes to catch the eye of a publisher one day, writing a blog in order to build a body of work can go a long way to show off my abilities, get noticed and improve my chances of that illusive book deal. The same can be said if I take the, ever increasing in popularity, option to self publish. Of course at this point, I’m not speaking from experience. Building a body of work is merely a sound bite which I’ve read over and over again, sometimes from experienced and successful authors.
While running the risk of sounding egoistic, I genuinely like to help others. I’ve reached my fourth decade of existence, during which time I’ve worked in some extremely remote places with people of the most varied backgrounds imaginable. I’ve overcome difficulties and even a little discrimination. I’ve learned a great deal about other people and how I interact with them. I have something to offer. A blog is a great avenue for me to explore ways in which to provide anecdotes about life, which might prove beneficial to others. These aren’t just empty words either. I’ve been a volunteer primary school governor and I’m a trustee of my local Sea Scouts. I give my time to help others, particularly young people, so I see my blog forming an extension to that charitable side of my personality, an outlet for others to learn from. I’m a great believer in helping others, as long as it is without detriment to me or my connections. I hope my blog may inspire others to be like minded.
Build a Following
What really matters to anyone publishing work in any format? That someone is going to look at it. It is without a doubt, excluding the rare outliers, most people who commit to writing do so in the hope that someone somewhere will read what they’ve written and on some level, enjoy it. I’m no exception. One day I hope to publish a novel and as with any business, publishers want to know that their product is going to sell. If I’ve already amassed a large following, along with a body of work to showcase, I’ll be in an encouraging position when the time comes to submitting my work to prospective publishers.
It makes the world go round, so who wouldn’t want a little more of it. Granted I don’t see my writing replacing my main source of income any time soon, but I’d love to be in a position where writing became a profitable side gig. A quick search of Google reveals claims that bloggers can earn thousands of Pounds, Dollars, Euros or Yen each and every week. If these claims are true, I’d like a slice of that pie. While I remain optimistic, I doubt I’ll be counting the coins any time soon.
Who remembers the song ‘Because We Want To’ by Billie Piper, released in 1998?
Why you gotta play that song so loud?
Because we want to! Because we want to!
You can see it on YouTube [HERE]
An irritating song, undoubtedly! Irritating enough to stick in my head for twenty two years and be the first thing which came to mind when I asked myself why I want to write a blog? Because I want to! Because I want to! I enjoy the process of writing and I’ll do it for as long as I get enjoyment from it.
Success Breeds Success
I fully admit that my writing still lacks a certain je ne sais quoi for it to be considered pleasurable to read. That said it is an improving picture. Of course I hope that my blog is a success and in its wake will come a tide of accomplishment in other areas of my life too. I’m not sure exactly how this will pan out, perhaps in the aforementioned book getting published? But I’ve been around for long enough to know that when you are successful in one area of your life, you build equally successful connections who in turn can inspire you to greatness in previously unforeseen ways. For example, in just a few short months I’ve already connected with some really great people on Twitter. By putting a little effort into Twitter, I’m seeing the beginnings of a successful account. Some quite influential people have followed me and I’ve interacted with some wonderful accounts. Some have influenced me either indirectly or directly to begin this blog. I’ll give a special mention to @Madeleine_Alba who has encouraged me on a number of occasions. Madeleine has a challenging and thought provoking account which I’d highly recommend checking out.
Those are my reasons for starting this blog. If you can think of any others, feel free to @ me on Twitter. Perhaps you can find motivation and encouragement on this page for yourself. Lastly, I can only offer my sincerest apologies if you’ve now got that annoying song stuck in your head
Write without fear, edit without mercy!
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