A new direction

In the days when I used to write in long hand...
In the days when I used to write in long hand…

A new direction. No, I’m not talking about the boy band; I’m talking about this blog. Today, I’m taking this blog in a new direction.

I was just using this blog as a article repository – that’s probably the best way to describe it. When I applied for a writing job (I’m mostly unemployed, right now.), I’d like the articles on this site as samples of my work.

I’ll probably still do that, but I think it would be more valuable to start using the site as an actual blog, specifically, a chronicle of my efforts to get published, more specifically, a chronicle of my efforts to get my fiction published.

There are two reasons for doing this.

One, I think it would be valuable for all aspiring writers to see if someone like me (It’s really “like I” but no one says that, anymore, do they? If this wasn’t a blog post, I’d say, “like I”, but that sounds kind of stuffy, doesn’t it?) can actually become a published writer. Except for a couple of short stories and one embarrassing poem about a dwarf, I haven’t had any  fiction published, and the pieces I did publish I didn’t get paid for.

So I have a few simple goals – to get published; to get paid for my writing; to become a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).  (I’ll write more about getting into the SFWA in a future post.)

The second reason is self motivating. I can write. I’ve been published professionally and had regular gigs as a non-fiction writer. But I want to write fiction, too. I know I can write and I do it all the time, but I have a few problems that probably plague a few of you, too.

I tend to not put the finishing touches on my work. I have thousands upon thousands of words of fiction, I write for weeks, months, and then sort of drift away from it. I lose my motivation, get discouraged, what have you. Eventually, I get my grit on and come back to writing, but it’s usually with another project in mind. As a result I have several unfinished books, books with tens of thousands of words, and bunches of short stories I’ve actually finished, but got tired of sending off to publishers and getting rejected. Rejection sucks.

So this blog will serve as a little motivator, a little negative reinforcement of public embarrassment, if you will. If I put my stuff out there, chronicling my efforts, I’m hoping it will keep me at it, to follow through and finish what I started.

I know how to blog – non-fiction stuff, I can do, and I’ve blogged before so I’m used to the rigor (Need a blogger? Hire me!). I should be able to keep this blog going, particularly with the whole unemployment thing going on.

Even if I don’t become a successful writer, ultimately, I hope this will be useful for other writers and anyone who’s trying to get published.

See you in the next post.

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