COMMENTARY FOR IN A WORD by (me!) sandra, ttgp
there was an invitation e-forwarded to local poets/writers sometime ago, looking for people interested in contributing a 90sec commentary piece to our local tv channel 30 show, in a word. it's a new addition to their show and i love it. two months ago, kathy cordova closed the show with a wonderful/insightful piece about how reading -praised and mandatory as it is these days - might not be for everyone; and that's okay. last month, jim ott, closed the show with a inspiring/comforting piece about how while reading ALL the classics might not be realistic; with some quick google research about various authors, you can learn enough to understand the value and contribution of their literature and then -and only then - select the authors/classics that interest you most for actual cover to cover reading.
and floating around in my brain, since i opened that email several weeks ago, is this desire to do a 90sec piece on, of course, what else? - BLOGS! they want the commentaries to speak to writers/readers and, if possible, include a little humor. -so i will procrastinate no more and work on my draft write here:
attention all writers young and old. professional writers. amateur writers. every writer in between. i have so much to say, but am forced to make my point in under 90 seconds
- and that is exactly the first point i want to make
because i know a place where no such restrictions exist! a wonderful place. a magical place. a place where you can write as much, or as little as you want. how you want. when you want.
- and the only restrictions - ...are the ones you should not be placing on yourself
it's called the blogosphere
in my opinion, blogs are to writers as improv is to actors. if you want your game up
-eblogger is your second city. a writers hbo. and while i see that as the most important reason to create your own blog, it's hardly the only
somewhere, a perfectly talented writer is opening a rejection letter -but not an e-blogger.
e-bloggers write, post, click and waa laa! "successfully published" ~every time. says so write on your monitor. ~what a treat for the battered and bruised ego of so many writers, huh
somewhere a writer is being required to pad his story by 50 words, while another is required to chop by 75
...but not us e-bloggers...
when you have your own blog: you are writer, editor and king of all words, come or go. instant permission to write your story with exactly the amount of words it takes to tell it.
blogs offer a place to try new things; to fail, to grow and succeed. ONLY with this freedom can writing evolve; new styles and voices emerge
and if you're looking to read things different, exciting, edgy; delightfully unpredictable: you're not going to find that in newspapers or consumer magazines
in my opinion, blogs are as important to writers and readers as a mother's breast to newborns
every thing else -just formula.
and i'd love to tell you about the interactive feature; this awesome opportunity blogs offer to not only write, not only read, but RESPOND. revolutionary!
ah, but time's up isn't it. restrictions, restrictions.
create a blog and be free.