Things I Write About

by Laura on August 22, 2011

in Issues,Laura's Work

Back in the day (six months ago), I launched this blog as a way to get on the radar as a writer. Logically, then, I started by mostly writing about what I was doing, which was exactly that—mostly writing.

Trouble is, if you write mostly about writing, your readers will mostly be other writers. Whom I love of course (especially if they properly use the word “whom”)—I couldn’t live and breathe without the encouragement and expertise of the amazing writers I know. Yet, there’s a wider world out there beyond the craft—the stuff we’re writing about.

I write about the things I care about, so this blog should also reflect that. In the weeks to come, along with continued entries about the craft of writing, you’ll also see entries about issues that are riveting to me:

  • Climate
  • Energy
  • The environment
  • Migration
  • Women’s rights
  • Religion/values
  • Politics
  • And who knows what else

These things are all a part of the research I’m pouring into the writing of my second book. It may seem like a mish-mash of content, but the unifying force will be me. Which is what I love about blogs—they can be flat-out whatever the originator wants them to be. So I call dibs on being myself and writing what’s on my mind.

Hope you’ll come on board for the journey.

Note: My two Twitter streams will keep the two themes separate, so if you just want to hear about one or the other (writing or issues), you can follow one or the other (@thinkStory or @LMattWRB).

{ 4 comments }

Susan J Cobb August 22, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Much easier to write about that which about we are writing, right? (Thought I’d send you into an editorial catapoleptic fit there.) Glad to see you’re getting focused! Hah. About as focused as a lot of us. There’s just so darn much to care about — or about which we should be caring. See! You DO that to me!

Laura August 22, 2011 at 4:38 pm

I am definitely *apoplectic* about all those abouts! Because no matter what, I’m still an editor. It’s a curse.

Ha!
Love you Susan!
L

Robyn Bradley August 22, 2011 at 11:39 am

I’m with you 100 percent on this and have changed the focus of my blog as well. Too many writers’ blogs focus on writing, IMHO. I can think of one well-known writer in the blogger and Twitter land who has a HUGE following…but they’re mostly writers, not his audience for his books (YA). His sales have been affected because of it, methinks.

Laura August 22, 2011 at 4:36 pm

It was a marketing brainwave. The audience for my books, after all, are those who care about those issues. So let’s get acquainted!

Thanks as always, Robyn, for your support!

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