Six short of target – Twenty-four under the belt

So I’m six posts short. It should have been thirty days and thirty posts but somewhere, in transit, I lost a week. Attempting to write a blog post every day in June has taught me a lesson in my limitations and those of the internet, particularly when touring.

But the best thing about setting myself the goal of writing a post a day has been that it has forced me to exercise writing muscles that were at risk of growing flabby during a hectic month of gadding across the country. It’s also expanded my understanding of what blogging is all about – its strengths and its weaknesses. I suspect blogging is ephemeral in every sense of the word. A month of playing with the craft of fashioning blog posts – and I’ve written some fairly mediocre ones this month as well as some that I’m proud of – has convinced me of the importance of story.

Good stories endure and convey meaning for thousands of years. They can deliver satisfaction to both the writer and readers like no other literary form. So perhaps my July commitment should simply be to get back to the desk and give some deep and serious attention to the thick files of unfinished projects that litter every surface of my office. There are twenty-eight of them at the moment – and 31 days in July! If only writing stories was as straightforward as blogging…

Kirsty is an Australian author of books for children and young adults.

“Books are windows into other ways of being.”

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