Alike

(adj) Having close resemblance; similar.

Under construction: these placeholder words sat on my blog for nearly a week before I could bring myself to post anything.

I’ve read—it seems—hundreds of blogs, articles, and tweets. I’ve consulted a zillion websites, received countless en-(and dis-) couraging emails, and talked my husband’s ear off about blogging and tweeting. As a “lurker,” if that word is still used, I am afraid, very afraid, to put my toe in the proverbial water. What could I possibly add?

The truth is, just like me, my blog is under construction, so are my words and my writing. So is my house, an old Maine antique with water leaking through the walls from ice dams; so is my life, as a perpetual searcher.

As a long-time technical writer, by training and profession, I’ve often been told “you’re not a real writer.” I remember the first time someone said that to me, I’d just finished writing a 400-page technical manual. Let me tell you, I certainly felt like a writer. Still, even as I branch out to business, creative non-fiction, fiction, those words ring in my ears.

But, when I really think about it, I come back to this: words are words, writers are writers. As a cross-over writer, going back and forth from technical and business to fiction and creative nonfiction—I’m blurring the lines. This blog examines those writing lines and the people and pieces that blur them. Writers are writers, regardless of genre or specialty, we’re all putting words together. As Maya Angelou wrote: “We are more alike, my friends,/ than we are unalike.”

So here I go, diving in. And I’m hoping that maybe (if you’ll pardon the paint) this blog will entertain and inform you along the way. I hope you’ll let me know!

Comments

  1. Ann says:

    You’ve come a long way, baby! It never occurred to me that you were anything BUT a writer….and a darn good one at that!

    I – for one – and thrilled BEYOND words that you are blogging. You were one of the very first blogs I ever read and I’ve been, literally, glued to your every word….

    YAY, Julia!

  2. Ann, This is why you’re such a good friend — to come all the way back to the beginning and leave me a comment? Especially since this was even before I got ANY comments? You are THE BEST!! Thank you so much for your incredibly kind and wonderful support. You don’t know how much it means, my friend! xoxo Julia