Dave Hilliard interviews the writer and blogger Thomas Moronic. Here’s the obligatory Birmingham quote:
The Midlands has other influences as well. As you know, it can be difficult being an artist round here sometimes because it can be quite an isolated place, if you are of a certain creative mindset. The place can be very depressing, and at times stifling. But then again, in some ways Iâ€™d say that that can help a personâ€™s art â€“ you can use those things in work.
And, being me, I’m particularly interested in his thoughts about why he blogs.
The blog is the thing that helped kickstart me back into writing. I love my blog. I see it as an ongoing, constantly expanding body of work. I feel really pleased with the work ethic that Iâ€™ve managed to get together with it. I wouldnâ€™t say that itâ€™s hard, because I enjoy it so much. I love sitting down and putting stuff together for it. Keeping it going is a challenge that I relish.
Like anything in life, there are always distractions â€“ socialising, work etc. But when I stopped writing a couple of years back, the idea of starting again was a really intimidating thing. It felt daunting, because I hadnâ€™t written anything in so long â€“ I didnâ€™t know where to start. By being firm with myself and keeping a set writing routine, it means Iâ€™ll never have to worry about starting again, because I donâ€™t give myself chance to stop.
Obviously, with a daily thing, I canâ€™t guarantee that every single day will be amazing entry, and when I look back there are definitely some days that I think are better than others, but I think in order to get good work you do have to work through some not so good stuff. In that respect, the blog acts as a big notebook for me. Itâ€™s a good place to experiment with ideas.
But there’s much more interesting stuff in there too.