d There is a famous story about Gene Roddenberry's pitch to NBC about his "wagon train to the stars" idea he ended up calling Star Trek. He told them that it would be a space adventure and that each episode would focus on some kind of deep philosophical or allegorical idea that commented on something that was pertinent for the day. NBC told him: "That show sounds too cerebral. Tell me more about wagon train to the stars."
I've been watching my stats slowly drop off for the past few weeks and have alluded to it in a previous post. However, I will not let this sway me from writing on this blog because if a few of you read it and get something out of it, then I've done my job. Hopefully as my agent and I fall closer together over the next few months or year I can report on what I am learning about the publishing industry as well as offering writing tips.
But this has caused me to think carefully about why I am doing this blog. I wrote down a few reasons on a legal pad, and here they are:
- Venting - The writing process is indeed hard, and since I live way out in the middle of nowhere I do not have a readily accessible writing group that I can meet with on a regular basis. This blog allows me to try out ideas, bounce techniques off of readers and seek valuable feedback about WIP I'm working on.
- Creative Juices - If I spend a little time kicking around an idea for a blog post and then write the blog post, the act of doing that gears my brain toward the writing process that jump starts me past the "cold page". I can usually go straight to the novel and crank out a few thousand words.
- Helping Others - I love to help other writers. I think that any kind of advice, however small or large, might help someone to carry on, to push the envelope, to write something spectacular. If I have done that for you, then I feel fulfilled and complete as a writer... even more than selling a book.
- Learning Curve - I have received some of the best advice from commenters, advice that is usually always to the point and powerful. I am encouraged and helped by all of the comments that people make on this blog, even the comments that are not as favorable toward me or what I write. It is only by learning from our mistakes and changing our game plan when we fail that we succeed.
- Chronicle of Progress - I can look back on all the blog posts I have made in this 18 months or so that I have been writing this, and I can see where I have been and how much I have grown as a writer. When I started this, I did not have an agent, had dabbled in self-publishing, and really didn't know what I was doing. Since then I have learned that blogging is a constant affair, to be nurtured and helped along by grit and determination...and by writing blog posts that people want to read without dipping into the shallow pool of rehashed content.
My main point of writing this blog post today is to review why I write the blog and also to ask my readers what they would like to see in regards to writing topics. Are there any pressing questions that you have about writing that you would like me to research or to give advice about? If so, please post below and I will get right to it. I'll also give you credit in the post and link back to your blog or website.
So fire away!
- Ask an Expert: Does the Length of Your Blog Post Really Matter? (blogs.constantcontact.com)
- Blogging Made Simple: How to Write a Good Blog Post in Less Time than You Think (openviewpartners.com)
- R is for Retrospective (writingishardwork.com)
- Virtual Writing Buddies - Part I (bubbyjoysandoys.com)