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The Full Spectrum

Most blogs have an author who colours the content with their ideas and opinions. Regardless of the topic of the blog–whether it’s writing, libraries, or collectable figurines–that topic is seen through a lens devised by one person. With writing blogs this often means that you get just one or a few genres, one writing style, one level of success: an aspiring writer or a well-published professional, and never both.

pen & paperThis is why the Write Anything blog fascinates me. Rather than one perspective, here we have more than twenty. Writers of poetry, short stories, novels and non-fiction. Science fiction and western, romance and bizarro. We have writers who have multiple books in print and writers who have just a few pieces on their own blogs. This is truly a place where many voices are represented, and so whatever theme the editors throw our way from month to month is shown from many angles, multi-faceted and relevant to all kinds of readers.

This post is not just an advertisement for the awesomeness of this website. Rather it was in thinking about our theme this year–a reintroduction of every writer and an introduction to a project for each of us–that I realized how important these differences can be. I very much enjoy the blogs I read by writers I know, and it enriches my writing life by giving me advice, ideas and a good picture of what their own writing life is like. However, not many blogs are like this one that give me a vision of many writing lives, some very like my own and some very different. And those differences means that I’m much more aware of how being “A writer” is a personal, unique thing.

Do you write with pen and paper, or with a computer? Or even a typewriter? Do you start with a story, or a character, or a setting? Do you want to be published, or only want to write the perfect love letter for your estranged sweetheart? Is your research conducted at the public library, or in a cemetery at night? Do you write in English or Sanskrit?

How does your perspective colour your perception of other people‚Äôs lives, and other people’s stories?

How does it colour every word that you write?

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Jen Brubacher is a librarian who wants more books in the world. Her short fiction has been published at a few places including Every Day Fiction and AE-The Canadian Science Fiction Review. A Canadian living in London, England, find her on her website or at twitter.

One Response to “The Full Spectrum”

  1. Rob Diaz says:

    I write on a computer most of the time, though over the years I’ve used the pen and paper and the typewriter methods to a great extent.

    When I read other people’s stories, I try to keep my perspectives out of it and just get absorbed by the stories. Unless I am beta-reading, in which case I try to inject my perspective into it during one of my passes through the story – I try to determine if I believe the characters would react in the (my) real world the way they do in the story.

    I think the biggest perspective-like aspect for me in terms of how it influences my own writing is actually how scripted everything in my life feels from day-to-day. It is this highly-organized, list-based existence that makes me prefer the seat-of-the-pants writing style I use.

    I agree with you that all the differences of opinion, different methodologies and different ideas available on Write Anything make for a great learning experience, not just as a reader of the site, but as a contributor to it. It’s terrific.

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