1.17.2011

I Was Afraid This Would Happen...

Once upon a time, I started a new blog called WriterBrained.  Let's not talk about how it took me two weeks to come up with the title.  Or that I stroke it like a puppy when no one is watching.

I posted two posts in one night in writerly excitement.  I started a writing blog!  I have followers!  Hi, Mom!

And now?  Eeeep!  I have no idea what I'm talking about.  I've only written one entire novel in my whole life.  It's only one and a half drafts in.  It's full of adverbs.   Everything I've learned has come from other blogs.  So...what do I say now?  I don't want to let down my peeps.  (Hi, Mom!)

Hmm.

I guess I'll go with this:  If you want to write seriously, to be published, do it.  It isn't fun all the time.  Your brain doesn't overflow with brilliant prose.  All the time.  Much of what you write might look like crap later on.  Keep doing it anyway.  And find out all you can about the writing/agenting/publishing process.  And make some writer friends, because they get it.  They understand the desire to just push delete and end the whole thing, and they get the obsessive imagining, and getting butterflies from imaginary romances that you made up yourself.  If you're super lucky, you might even find a writerly friend who is willing to talk story and characters until your bling-blang hunk-of-junk phone DIES IN THE MIDDLE OF THEIR SENTENCE!!!

*pant pant pant*

(In unrelated news, I recently bought a new phone.)

So if you want to know where to start, start with an idea.  Keep in mind that it isn't always easy going, that there are some parts of your story that are boring or suck your soul.  It's all okay.  If you love it, do it.

Do it.

Oh, and I almost forgot.

Do it.

6 comments:

Cannwin said...

You could take some of your much beloved space to discuss places that will help you get published. Or help you with kick starting the idea engine.

I've found that the more I write, the more idea's come to me.

You could share links to places like NaNoWriMo.org, or placesforwriters.com and talk about what they are exactly.

You could interview other potential writers, writer blogs or published authors.

You could host writing meme's like (http://jennymatlock.blogspot.com/search/label/Alphabe-Thursday) Or post homework assignments like Travelin' Oma's 12 week seminar (http://travelinoma.blogspot.com/search/label/School%20Days%20Seminar)

It won't get a lot of hits at first, but if you keep at it I'm sure you will. Writing blogs get popular fast...

Once you start moving forward you're idea engine will start chugging and then you won't have enough time to post everything you care about. :)

Jeigh said...

Thanks, Charity! My mind is on "Blurg" setting today!

Luanne Hardy said...

You always get me laughing. Always.

Luanne Hardy said...

P.S, I'm glad you got a new phone.

ryry said...

I believe in you. You have made it to my reader. I expect more posts to keep me entertained. Dance monkey! Dance!!!

Martinelli Gold said...

You make me feel like a secret celebrity :P

and you make me laugh

and want to write.