Blogging Insights #45


For Blogging Insights this week Dr Tanya brings us a quote from Isaac Asimov. Asimov was one of David’s favourite authors. I think some of our earliest conversations when we first met (when we were not talking about trains) were about books and the ones we liked. He loaned me his favourite Asimov books, “The End of Eternity”, “The Foundation Trilogy”, “I Robot” and others. I still have many of them although packed away at present.

” Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.”

— Isaac Asimov.

One of the things I enjoyed about Isaac Asimov was the way he would often write an introduction to a short story. They were always very entertaining. I learned that he was an extremely prolific writer and it was obviously easy for him to run with an idea once he started typing. However, he had good editors and I think he usually took their advice.

As a blogger I’m by no means prolific but my way of writing is usually to get down my thoughts and feelings first. Sometimes the words flow easily, sometimes they don’t. After I’ve done that, or sometimes during the writing process if I write myself into a corner, I go back read what I’ve written and edit. I might have written too much and lost my point in the process. I have to check that my facts are correct. I might have said something too unkind or too personal that I don’t really want to share with the world. You have to edit. Even Isaac Asimov could not sell a book that was in its first draft with no changes or corrections at all.

So yes, I think with my fingers but then I engage my brain to proofread and edit.

Taswegian1957

I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.

5 comments

  1. He was one of the important authors for me. I didn’t like his writing as much as I really loved his ideas. He was a thinker and a true sci fi writer. The SCIENCE mattered.

    I think you just described writing. You get your ideas down before you forget them. If they seem to wander, you go back, figure out where you went astray, edit, rewrite, or in my case, sometimes just put the piece aside for another day when I’m not so close to it. I think that’s pretty much the whole story except if it’s a book, the whole process takes a LOT longer.

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  2. I don’t think I would have the patience to write a book, blogging feels just right for me. Asimov was a physicist wasn’t he? I know he had a degree so he wanted his science to sound plausible. He wrote a lot of text books too.

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