Writing has been an ambivalent subject for me. I'm a voracious reader and often wished I could write, but I compared my first attempts to the best writers' results and was always disappointed, and so gave up. I did the same thing with art and realize that I was plagued with 'perfectionist syndrome'. Language has always fascinated and intrigued me, though I'm having some problem with it now. It's possible I have a form of anomic aphasia, so I would like to write more often to help with word retrieval and use, both written and spoken.
I would like to write a daily blog, as a personal journal and an exploration of the kind of writing I would like to pursue in the future. Although I'm currently engrossed in Victorian novels, my own style is spare and not terribly interesting. Something close to the middle of those two extremes may be the ideal.
It's said that our lives are the stories we tell ourselves and others, and to me that rings true. At almost all times, if I don't have a tune (with a full backup band) running through my head, I'm telling stories about what I do and/or how I do it, as though I have an audience. Often I use this as a method of working out problems. So far in the first few days of this course I'm finding that writing can be as essential to thinking as thinking is to writing.