Hello, my name is Luke, and I have an addiction. I’m not an alcoholic (although they do say admitting it is the hardest part). I’m not, to the best of my knowledge, addicted to sex or drugs, and while I will confess to a minor addiction to Rock and Roll, that’s not what I’m here to talk about. My addiction began probably before I turned two, and as of yet shows no sign of abating. Ladies and gentlemen, I am addicted to words. My rate of consumption is difficult to determine, due to the pressures of university life I currently get through a novel almost every week, in addition to plays, poems, magazine articles, films, television programmes, adverts, song lyrics and countless conversations. What’s worse is that I’ve now started dealing. I suppose everyone deals here and there, but I’d very much like to make a living out of it (yes, this is going to be one of those ‘struggling/aspiring/wannabe writer’ blogs, apologies to those of you who were hoping for something a little more ‘trainspotting’).
Where does this addiction come from? I don’t know. What I do know is that I just love words. All sorts of words. Words which crack and slap and spit. Words which you sound like other words. Words which you can pick apart one syllable at a time. Words which you can roll around your mouth as you say them (of which ‘bollock’ is an unfortunately literal-sounding example). Words which mean more than one thing. And I love what happens when you string words together to make a story or a poem. The way they can be made to pierce the heart or tickle the funny bone. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but I think that sometimes ten well chosen words can say more than a thousand pictures (no offence to any visual artists out there). Anyway, that’s what this blog is about. Not necessarily individual words themselves, but my attempts to become a better (and with any luck, better known) writer, and about anything which pops into my head to write about. Hopefully I’ll be able to make it interesting, and not as pretentious as it has the potential to be (feel free to let me know if it’s heading in that direction). Here’s to a better blog next time, not because I think this one is bad, but because improvement is the way forward.