As you know, this blog's birthday was yesterday, two days before my birthday, which is also International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Aaar! So, all these festive occasions having put me in a reflective mood, I have been consdiering what all of us have been talking about here.
And it seems to me that each of us has his or her own themes. I see emphases on: true crimes current, true crimes historic, professional experience (as cops, soldiers, spies, psychologists, etc.), childhood memories, current family news, book reviews, favorite books, authors, or films, and of course writing techniques.
In any given week any one of us might write about any of those subjects, and do, but we each seem to have favorites. I suspected I knew what mine was but I tested it out by tossing all my columns for the past two years into tagcrowd, which pulls out the fifty most commonly used words. (Incidentally, I also use Tagcrowd on any piece I am about to send to an editor. It helps me spot words I have overused.)
ago author best book called case character course crime enough example fiction friends going guy happened hitchcock idea library lot magazine man mystery name novel people person piece plot point probably published read series short something start story stout think thought times used week wolfe work writer writing wrote year
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Which supports my theory: my main theme is the writing life. I have been blogging here, mostly, about how it feels to get an idea, grind out a rough draft, edit, submit, get rejected, etc. Here are a few examples, describing different parts of the process:
Restless Brain Syndrome
The Rising Island Method
Picking More Black Orchids
My conclusion is that I use this space as a sort of writing diary and you good readers are my excuse for keeping it up. I hope you don't mind.
And I hope that you will put up with me and my fellow bloggers for a long time. Because they - and you - are good company.