We learn by doing. There is no way to get around this fact regardless of where we are in life. I’ve heard it from business recruiters, from long-dead authors in English classes, and of course that companion that follows us from birth –personal experience. I enjoy and highly respect authors and their work. I often wish that I could weave images in my reader’s mind in such a way that the words on the page come alive. Whether it was the hound on the moor that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote about, the descriptions of Russia by Tolstoy, or the worlds in magic cupboards as portrayed by N.D. Wilson, I continue to be captivated by skilled writers.
So what is our purpose in this blog? We want to learn by doing. Everyone can write to some degree or another, but the only way we can actually improve is by practicing. That is what this blog is meant to be–a practice ground for us to exercise our writing skills. Michelangelo didn’t paint the Sistine Chapel his first day on the job, but only after years of hard work. We’re not stellar writers, we haven’t even written much in the grand scheme of things, but we want to improve. Like Michelangelo we won’t be able to produce a Sistine Chapel on our first day (if ever), but through weekly practice we will grow and improve. What we write may be mediocre, bad, or just downright ugly, but without falling into holes we cannot learn how to avoid them in the future.
So what kinds of things will we be writing? That’s a good question, and the answer is entirely dependent upon the individual writers. We currently have five writers contributing to the project, and each one is given complete freedom (within the bounds of good taste) to write any genre, style, or subject matter that he or she chooses, ranging from poetry, to essays, to research papers, to stories. Though this may seem to be a broad spectrum, we have chosen to work the blog this way because we know that we will only take the time to write if we can write about what interests us individually.
Whew! Now that all of the technical nitty gritty details are out of the way, I have just a few final words. First, if you are actually reading this then THANK YOU! Second, our first real post will be a week from today, and we will have a new post every Tuesday. As our group of contributors expands, or we have guest writers, we may post more often, but with our current commitments we probably won’t be able to post more than once a week. Third, we look forward to getting your feedback. Drop us a line in the comments about what you liked/didn’t like, and make suggestions about how we can do things better. It’s going to be a great adventure and we hope that you gain as much from it as we do.
All the best,