Time to write…

This evening I went to a talk by entrepreneur Caroline Pover, of Being A Broad fame.  The seminar was interesting and inspiring, and so was the informal dinner and drinks afterwards.  If there’s one thing that I take away with me tonight, it has to be something Caroline said right at the beginning of her talk.  Something I heard last time I went to a writing seminar, and the time before that.  And something that I’ve always known deep down in my heart.  If you want to be a writer, you’ve got to write EVERY DAY.

So, what was the first thing I did when I got home?  I started a new blog.  And here it is.  I already have a blog, Haikugirl, about my life in Japan and random Japanese stuff, so why start a new blog?  Well, this one is just about me: Ali Muskett.  Sometimes it might be about Japan, but other times it will just be about me, my thoughts, my scribblings, as it were.  So why publish it online?  There are a couple of reasons.  One: naturally I want people to read my writing, and no one is ever going to do that if I leave it all in a notebook.  Two: if I write online, and people do read this blog and leave comments, I might feel more motivated to continue writing every day.  And Three: whilst I do love love love print and paper and ink and all that old fashioned stuff, I’m willing to admit that we have to move with the times.  I can’t always carry a notebook and pen, but I do always have my cell phone with me, and when I’m not at home and able to blog, I hope I will be able to post the odd blog by email.

So, without further ado, I hereby present “Only me…”, a blog whose only purpose is to make me write and keep me inspired.  If you enjoy reading it, well, that’s a bonus for us both. 😉