I’m being pressured by those who care about me – or at least those who care about my writing career- to blog more. Authors today need to blog on a regular basis to keep the world interested. Also, it’s just a great way to ensure that you write even if you aren’t particularly inspired. The problem I have with blogging is not finding time, it’s finding interesting things to say. Really, what is it that I can offer to the world that anyone really gives a shit about? Also, how can I write about myself in a way that isn’t entirely boring or self-centered? Do people really care about what I have to say?
Maybe if I think of it more as an online journal I will take the pressure off myself. Afterall they say when writing in general, you should write for yourself and not for others. I suppose that applies here.
I think I will talk about my writing process and the ins and outs and where I am at.
For example, here is where I stand as of right now. I feel extremely overwhelmed and discombobulated. I have all of these story ideas. Two novels in first draft form, and two more partially written. I have gobs and gobs of story fragments and dreams written. But I have no freaking idea where to begin.
Here is what I know I need to do:
-Start submitting short stories. Not only to different online magazine and writing journals but submit to contests and anything else that will fatten up my portfolio. Currently, my portfolio has one short essay that one first place (in the fifth grade). May be time to start submitting more current items.
-I need to edit the hell out of what I have written.
-I need to finish something….anything…to the point I feel comfortable having people read it.
I have my writing group (shout out to WBWW), whom I love but I haven’t allowed one single person to read through my manuscript as a whole yet. Actually, I don’t know that I have even read it cover to cover. I need to get on that.
I am ready to be a sufficient editor of my own writing. The Southwest Writers Group is offering a four week class entitled, “The Art of Revision” (http://southwestwriters.com/classes.php). I think this is exactly what the doctor ordered.
I’m not going to be able to ever feel ready for submission if I don’t learn to edit. Also, as so eloquently put from said peers in WBWW, I need to grow a pair. A fact of which I am fully aware.
So I am going to try my best to keep my reader(s) (hey mom) up to date on what’s happening with the whole writing process. And just write what I feel like. No pressure.
If you are having Deja vu, much like I am, you may have noticed that I declared this a few months ago. Maybe this is just something I do. Quite frankly, I forgot that I took the pressure off of myself already and have been avoiding this blog. I guess I am afraid of coming off as anything remotely shallow or vane. Meh. I can’t be deep all the time.
Bye for now.
Current song: Goyte, “Hearts a Mess”