• Apryl K.B. Lopez

A Novel Writer’s First Blog Attempt

A friend and I once agreed we were crazy for picking writing as a career, but we couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

Having said that, I’m going to admit here and now I have no clue what I’m doing. I’ve been told writers, and pretty much anyone wanting something from the public, have blogs. This is true. My favorite authors have blogs/websites, and I love reading their posts. I love getting glimpse into their minds and reading about their likes, dislikes, hopes, dreams, etc or even just info about their upcoming books and projects. Love it!

Will anyone really love my blog, though? I feel like I don’t have anything to say, even though I’ve already written two novels with plans for multiple sequels and even some prequels. But that’s make believe, right? Creating worlds, characters and stories is almost second nature to me. Writing about real life? I don’t know about that.

I know blogging doesn’t have to be this, but it almost feels like diary writing. I don’t even like reading my past diary entries, so why would you anyone else?!

So here’s my promise to myself and to you, whoever you are. I’ll try to keep the drama away and just focus on my journey through writing. Drama will leak through-life is dramatic, right?-but this isn’t going to be a diary to laugh at later on. There will be sad or disappointed posts; there will, hopefully, be happy posts too! There might be the occasional rant or excited post about nothing to do with writing, but it’ll probably be about an amazing new book or movie that everyone must read/see. No “woe is me, why doesn’t he like me?” posts. I can’t even stand myself when I get like that so why subject you to it?

Okay, so how to finish this first blog attempt?  How about with a quote? I know I have some great personal quotes (just ask my friends), but nothing appropriate for this forum. So I’ll use one from one of my all-time favorite actresses.

It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy. ~Lucille Ball

Happiness leads to contentment, I think. Find what makes you happy. Do what makes you happy. Be with the person that makes you happy. It’s not always going to be an easy time, though, and remember that. Remain positive for those times when it’s harder than you want. Writing makes me happy. Music makes me happy. Love makes me happy. So many things make me happy, but that doesn’t mean they’re not hard at times. Push through the bad times because there’s a payoff coming; a silver lining on the horizon; a light at the end of the tunnel. There has to be, right?

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