I was in the graduate lounge the other day, the place of the infamous Apple logo exchange, where I got a good amount of internet browsing done, surrounded by stacks of literary journals and other MFA program detritus.
At one point, I spotted a “Writers Ask” newsletter from Glimmertrain on the coffee table. Seeing as how I had forty minutes to kill–enough to sit comfortably somewhere and read email, blogs, and a newsletter, but not long enough to write any meaningful fiction, I picked it up.
On the first page was a Q&A with Charles Johnson. (There were Q&As with various other writers, too–but his caught my eye because firstly, it was the leading interview, and secondly, the topic at hand).
Glimmertrain asked, “When you were twelve years old, your mother gave you a journal and told you to write. Did she have any idea what she started?”
And Johnson’s answer, after first addressing the journal at hand, segued into a general philosophy of a writer’s diary/journal:
“I tell my students that it’s difficult to write sometimes, just to get to the writing, to sit down and finish a story. But if you write each day, even just a paragraph in your journal, you’re never outside the creative process. When I write fiction, I hardly touch my journal.”
Ah–so maybe there is a use to blogging after all.