John Baker, an English crime fiction writer, invited his readers to think about the stages in creating a text, and the resulting series of entries contains much of interest and is growing. I was asked to participate, but have not got around to it, I’m afraid. One reason for this is that I wasn’t sure I had much new to say.
However, John’s request did prompt me to put up a survey about blog writing, now near enough to one hundred responses to publish here.
Confusing, isn’t it? My own answers are:
1. For the first set, I do the first, third and fourth. Most often I have in the past composed online with a fairly clear idea where the entry may go — as I am now! I have increased the number of offline compositions since starting to use Live Writer. Minor or even major revisions after publication happen quite often.
2. The last two items are interesting. I really don’t go along with not caring what readers might think, though I suppose it depends what you mean by that. I do think a sense of audience is very important. Writing, after all, is for someone, and while you don’t compromise your message if you can help it, you do try to have some antennae when it comes to how that message might be received. My belief is that “not caring” is very silly, but obviously many disagree.