Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Writing about Writing- Not!

Writing about Writing always seemed an almost phony thing for me to do. Sure, I have been writing for over three decades (I wrote my first poem when I was eight- wish I had preserved it for when I was famous), but given the amount of time I actually devote to writing, and the magnitude of my output, I have as much right to write about writing as I have to write on how to run a marathon.
But, there is one microscopic sub-sub-sub-genre of writing where I am prolific. So click across to read me talk about writing Drabbles.

drabble is a story told in exactly 100 words.


Jessica Bell said...

LOL. It does seem silly writing about writing when you could be spending your time actually writing writing. :o) Off to check it out! hehe

Holly Jahangiri said...

I've always thought "writing about writing" (or "metawriting") was what we writers resorted to when we had "writer's block" (or were simply being incredibly lazy). There's a HUGE audience for it, though. They never seem to tire of it.

Anonymous said...

Rayna - You really make some interesting points about Drabbles in your post!! Thank you for sharing it with us. When a Drabble is well-done, it conveys the same meaning as a longer story does, and it certainly does count as writing. And I always look forward to your Drabbles; they're marvellous!

Natasha said...

@ Jessica- except, I am not going to be writing when I am supposed to be writing, am I?

@ Holly- thanks for stopping by. And if that is what we resort to when we have writer's block, I would permanently be writing about writing.

@ Margot- thank you for making me feel that maybe my silly little drabbles count for something too!

Mason Canyon said...

I always enjoy your Drabbles. I learn from them, I laugh because of them, I cry about them and I ponder them. Thanks for sharing all of your writings.


Thoughts in Progress

Saumya said...

Haha, I only write about writing when I can't think of anything else!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

You are the Queen of Drabbles! And on behalf of that poor watermelon, may I just say "Ouch"?

Laura Eno said...

I've never felt qualified to write about writing - I just write. No way could I explain the process. I agree with Debra...you are the Queen of Drabbles!

Mary@GigglesandGuns said...

Yo know how much I love your Drabble! I'm on my way to read about them now.

Carolyn Abiad said...

I agree. Writing about writing feels presumptuous to me, since I'm new and aspiring. So I write about the things that inspire me to write and chalk it up as practice. Drabble on! Your posts are inspiring too!

Jules said...

Funny, that was funny. :) I by no means am able to write on writing. But I so love your drabbles :D
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You definitely excel at drabbles!

Karen Walker said...

I'd never heard the world drabble before discovering your blog Rayna.I love your drabbles. They are inspirational.

LTM said...

Love the carved melon--a jack o melon? I hear ya--I've got to record an interview Thursday where I pretend to be all knowledgeable about writing. I'm feeling mildly ill... ;p

But you are amazing~ <3

Ann said...

I don't feel qualified to write about writing. I still feel like a learner. A student and not a very good one at that.

Unknown said...

Can I just say, I think you're a writer. Up to this point, I've only had two short stories published the traditional way but I think that makes me a writer. Yesterday I found that if you have writing on the internet (blogs included) it's considered published... so, you've had hundreds of you short stories (drabbles) published. I think that makes you a seasoned writer.


Helen Ginger said...

You are indeed good at writing drabble.

Karen Jones Gowen said...

I had never heard of a drabble before your blog. It's amazing how you do that.

Julie Musil said...

Like Karen, I had never heard of a drabble before your blog. See? You are teaching us something!

I'm off to check out the other site...

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I certainly couldn't do a drabble!

Southpaw said...

You are the Queen of Drabble.

Anonymous said...

I like your drabbles. They're quick, fun, touching, and informative. Nicely done.

Stephen Tremp

Natasha said...

@ Mason- and thank you for being so generous with your praise.

@ Saumya- you described me. But once a month (or so), on my other blog, I am forced to speak about writing.

@ Debra- thank you. And that poor watermelon was happy when she managed to escape.

@ Laura- if you, who is a much better writer than I could ever be, feel that way, I guess I should not attempt to write about writing at all.

@ Mary- thank you.

@ Carolyn- I just love your blog (almost as much as I like its name, which is saying a lot). The other day, we were talking about what differenciates one blog from another- you definitely don't have to think to get an answer to that.

@ Jules- :-) But I love reading whatever you write.

@ Alex- thank you.

@ Karen- thank you. Maybe I should put together a collection of Drabbles, like others do a collection of poems.

@ Leigh - that's a nice name for it. Jack o melon!
And all the best for the interview- since it is on a Thursday, you will do great- you will on any day, but especially on a Thursday.

@ Ann- not read much more than your blog posts, so will reserve my comments.

@ Clarissa- that's a great way of looking at it. And in any case, we are talking about writer, not published writer. If you are not a writer, few are.

@ Helen- thank you

@ KarenG- I guess I just love the art form. If I can give it such a fancy name

@ Julie- Should I call myself a Drabble Missionary, or a Drabble Ambassador, do you think?

@ Diane- you certainly can. Because you always get to the point, and make it really well. You will be fantastic at drabbles. Have you thought of having a drabble introduce each chapter in your next non-fiction?

@ Holly- *blushes*

@ Stephen- thank you so much.


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