This is a website about writing. It’s for young people. Well, it’s for anyone, really.
Have a look. I would love you to tell me what you think … At any point. Please put something in a comments box, or you could email me if you want to at firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Joanna Baker and I’m pretty old now (you’ll know that as soon as you get to my out-of-date movie references) and I look just like anyone else, really.
But I used to look really interesting: excited about life, and dorky, with Oompa Loompa hair. (Did I mention the out-of-date movie references?)
Anyway, that’s the photo I’m giving you.
No, I can-NOT make my hair go like that any more.
(Yes, I have tried).
But I do still feel that excited … at least some of the time. And I still feel excited about writing (except when my brain gets stuck …)
Yes? Do you enjoy writing? A lot of people complain about how horrible writing is. But then they do it anyway. What are your experiences? Share with us …
And I know … I kno-o-o-wwwww …
not everyone likes writing.
Some of you do. But some of you will be here because YOU HATE WRITING but you have to do some and you want to make it as painless as possible.
Like it? Loathe it? Share with us …
So maybe you like it and maybe you hate it but let’s face it …
big proclamation coming ( … chooses Big Proclamation Colours … Mmmmm … and capitals … )
WRITING IS LIKE RUNNING.
It’s also like meeting new people … and … eating salad! Some people like it and some people hate it, some people are good at it and some are hopeless, but no matter how much you try to avoid it,
YOU’RE GONNA HAFTA DO IT SOMETIMES.
So that’s what this website is for. You can read about how to write well and how to enjoy it and you can read about how to keep people like parents and teachers happy by knocking out reasonably good stuff as quickly as possible (and of course, shhhhhh …
We don’t need to announce that that’s the plan … of COURSE! so SHHHHH!!!)
(But also maybe the joke’s on you, because once you find out how easy writing can be, and once you produce something you’re proud of, well then you might just start to feel satisfied. You might even start … just a teeeeeny bit … ooooh I dunno … to enjoy it?)
Any-hoo, that was my idea for this website. I suppose if I’m going to be (sigh) ree-ah-liss-tick I’d have to say I don’t really know if it’s a good idea.
Have a look around the site. Comment. Let me know what you think. Or you can ignore it all if you want. Like I said, what you are going to find here are thoughts. They are not rules. They’re more in the nature of guidelines.
(Did I mention about the out-of-date movie references?)
Thanks to these people for the images
My Mum for the photo of me. (And the do.)
“Hair Windings” by Louis Calvete – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons
“Margaret Rutherford” Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17000066
detail “Hopeful smile” from boredart.com
Live performance costumed actor portraying Captain Jack Sparrow at Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida. via Wikimedia.