OK, I’m gonna do it.
I said I wouldn’t. There’s so much advice and information out there for writers of every kind. Everyone’s got a course, a blog, or a resource list that’s going to help you overcome your fears, deal with procrastination, find clients, publish your work!
Does the writing world really need one more?
I never thought that it did. But maybe I was wrong. As a working denizen of this online writing world and a longtime observer and participant of the writing biz, I see a lot of advice about “making it” as a writer (in all the many ways that “making it” can be) that means well but can end up discouraging and disempowering the very people it purports to help.
And I also realize that every one of us who is fortunate enough to move in this wild and woolly world of digital creativity has a duty to talk about that experience and share what we know.
This is a time when personal stories rule. In order to be “real,” they say, your origin story needs to be a part of your public persona. But I suspect that the old saying, “familiarity breeds contempt” can also apply to the obsession with sharing the often boring details of everybody’s life.
So I focus this site on creating cool worlds I hope readers will enjoy visiting, rather than writing about my dogs or my love of webcomics or the rattlesnake on my carport the other night.
However . . . a running commentary on the good, the bad and the really ugly of the writing advice that’s out there just might be the thing someone, somewhere needs to hear in order to take that next step toward creating something awesome.
And that’s where I’ll put my stories. About my years of teaching people to find their writing voice and the strength to share it. About really stupid mistakes that tarnish a writer’s credibility. About my often rocky journey toward becoming a full time writer and publisher.
Maybe it’ll be more useful for writers than the story about the snake.
There’s a new category on this site now, called “On Writing” that gathers these articles together and keeps them separate from the fiction. It’s going to tackle some popular stances and bust a few myths and make a lot of people mad.
But hey, isn’t that part of the job?