Aloha Fridays Today I’m saying aloha to the old look of this blog. It will be a transition period over the holidays. Just in time for the New Year.
I started Writing Space last April as a project of self-discovery. Over the past eight months, I’ve discovered a lot. I’ve discovered a group of writerly friends that are now quite dear to me. Go over to WordsmithStudio.org to check them out.
I’ve discovered that it is much easier for me to write fiction than nonficiton. What a surprise that one was. And maybe I shouldn’t use the term “easy.” I write my fiction drafts far faster than my nonfiction pieces.
I’m a fast writer, but I like to edit…and edit…and edit. So this blog is about writing and then not editing quite as much as I normally would. Why? Because the purpose of this blog is the experiment of it. I need to show the construction of the writerly life for me.
Another discovery is that writers get paid well and not so well and not at all. I think writers everywhere are still wrestling with the best ways in which to match up their passions with their practicality.
The About page that I’ve copied and pasted below contains outdated information about the blog, but since this is a project I didn’t want to lose the evidence of how I’d come this far.
Mondays will still be about memoir. Tuesdays will be guest posts from and my own experiences as a tourist. Wednesdays will be about the nuts & bolts of writerly life. Thursdays will thankfully be a way to celebrate others. Fridays will be idea pieces that will find themselves in larger works. And I let you know where some of them find a home.
For now…enjoy what follows as archival material from the earlier days at Writing Space.
Aloha!Welcome To Writing Space.
Being a writer is my life-long dream. Upon approaching 50,My Golden Jubilee Year, I made space in my life for that dream to become reality. Writing Space is an expression of that effort, claiming physical, mental and emotional real estate to allow myself to write. This blog documents my journey toward supporting myself solely as a blogger, a freelancer, an author, a creative, and a social media specialist with my entrepreneurial shingle, Lara Britt Writes.
An Experiment In Co-Creation
Writers do not write in a vacuum. Readers are integral to the equation. The essence of art resides not in the artist but in the discourse between the artist and the audience. My readers are co-creators. Interaction with you, My Dear Reader, makes this experiment dynamic dialogue rather than stilted monologue. I adjust our course based on your feedback and comments. Always and ever, we are tacking the sails to find that sweet spot, where my strengths and your interests push us into new territory. Where the lightning strikes and the magic happens.
Writing Space was launched in April 2012. After being sent home from work with a head injury, I knew enough to stay up the night to prevent complications from a concussion. I logged onto WordPress and registered this site. Then I started playing catch-up with Robert Lee Brewer’s April Platform Challenge. By leaving comments at the My Name Is Not Bob (MNINB) site, the challengers started to dialogue with one another. Soon strong bonds were formed. Not Bob even wrote a special post, MNINB Spin Offs, about how we were co-creating beyond his expectations. Co-creation, where the magic happens. At the end of April, we declared ourselves “Done” as we did with each and every challenge, but we clarified: Done, But Not Over! Check out my MNINB Blogroll Series under Categorically on the right sidebar. Also, check out MNINB April Platform Challengers: Done But Not Over, the new collaborative blog from the Not Bobbers posse.
Update: Six months ago we embarked on an April challenge. October will see the official launch of our new collaborative website-based community. Come visit us to see what’s in the works at Wordsmith Studio.
Method To The Madness
Otherwise known as, my Editorial Calendar:
Stories, both personal and true, that have had an effect on my creative development.
Time taken to see our everyday world through the eyes of a tourist. Sure I live in Hawaii, but some of my guest posters will be taking your on tours of their backyards as well.
Bits and pieces of writerly advice, tech tips, industry news, and just sheer writing joys. One of my favorite Wednesday features is Writerly Nooks where I take you to the places and spaces where I find my muse. My lanai, Lili’uokalani Botanical Gardens and The Bishop Museum are just three. More to come.
Thursdays have been my most difficult day to define. You will find much trial and some error in this category. But nothing ventured, nothing learned or gained. With that motto, I always end up gaining even if it is wisdom and experience that comes from missing the mark. My newest experiment is a synthesis of all that I have tried so far. It is a bigger tent, if you will. Inspirational credit I give to fellow Wordsmither, JoAnn J. A. Jordan, aka Hopeful Jo. Her blog, Chronicles, is a record of her 365 day challenge to be thankful and positive. She shares a handwritten journal entry, a poem and some photos. I smile every time I visit. I am thankful, in this virtual world of ours, I can be touched by people who I would never otherwise even know exist. Thank you, Jo!
Pau Hana! The weekend is upon us, and there is so much celebration going on. Come taste a slice of local life with me. Festivals, parades, Eat Street Kaka’ako, First Friday… Endless supply of fun. And the occasional Island recipe.
In case your week was a busy one, the recaps are meant to fill in some of the news of the week, point you toward some of the conversations in the comment section, and give you the links to the week’s posts in one convenient place. This fall I will be moving this feature to a monthly digest newsletter that will come to your email inbox by subscription only.
These currently can come any day of the week, but mostly on the occasional Sunday. My current series is a blogroll of the MNINB group. These again will be moved this fall to a subscription service where readers will be able to choose the preferences for what arrives in their inboxes.