For a week now WordPress has been leaving me a little reminder at the top of my dashboard to write my “About” page. I don’t want to write this page, because it’s apparently one of the most important pages for a blog. It’s what most readers use to figure out whether or not a blog is worth reading or exploring further. It’s the bait, and right now I have no idea what kind to use. Or even what I’m fishing. Do blog readers count as metaphorical trout or metaphorical humpback whales? Continue reading
Respawned, the story I’ve been working on since November, is finished. More accurately, the first draft is finished, which means that in a few months there will be notes to make and editing to do and all kinds of new things to worry about, but for now my story is done, and I will rejoice. Continue reading
This is a writing blog, so I’ll primarily be writing about writing. A few other things might slip in occasionally, but that’s pretty much going to be it. I know I started with an introductory post already, to give some idea of what I’d be doing, but now I’ve been working a few weeks and I’ve got a better idea how things will work. So here’s the details. Continue reading
On one hand, it can be very discouraging as a writer to look at the thousands and thousands of books available out there. Ecclesiastes comes to mind: “Nothing new under the sun” and all that. On the other hand, the state of literature and stories has been this saturated for a while and so there are thousands of blog posts out there declaring that while my plot might borrow from a lot of different tropes, it’s not identical to any of these other stories and even if it is I’ve got my own voice. But, even better than that, those thousands of books out there mean that if I need a helping hand, there will probably be a book for that. Continue reading
I just got a whole bunch of writing books. So many, in fact, that I haven’t had much time to read all of them yet. It’s always great to have new tools to learn from. My favorite thus far is Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction, by Orson Scott Card, Philip Athans, Jay Lake, and the Editors of Writer’s Digest. Continue reading
I didn’t do a whole lot when I first put this site up. Mostly I just picked a design and figured, hey, I’ll just get this thing started, especially because I plan to blog about the whole process. So that means I’m still playing around with design elements and will probably still be working on this thing for a while. Since no one’s really reading this blog just yet, I’m not going to make this a long post. Continue reading
I am a writer. No matter what I put on this blog from now on, whether it’s drivel or the most brilliant words of the 21st century, I will be a writer. It’s what I love to do.
The problem I am presently facing (after a number of years writing fairly productively) is becoming an author, here defining an author as a writer whose work is published. I’ve written a few novels and a number of short stories, and I think I’ve gotten the process down well enough that I know what I’m doing. I’ve shown it to people (mostly my own family, but still) and they think it’s pretty good. I don’t know how good it is, but it’s good enough that I am going to try and get it published.
There lies the trouble, because I am not a salesperson.
As I have come to learn over the past several years, becoming an author is a two-part process. First you write the book (and then you rewrite it, and rewrite it again, and send it to other people who tell you how to actually fix the problems with it, and so on). Then you have to market it.
From what I’ve seen, the number one thing necessary on the endless query letters sent to beleaguered agents and editors is to have a platform. In a world of thousands of writers who are at least pretty decent with prose, it is important to have a platform to metaphorically stand on to show that other people think your writing is already pretty good.
This blog is building my platform. I almost wrote “attempting to build my platform” but that’s not true anymore. I am building a platform, and even if this crashes and burns, I will still have learned some valuable lessons in what not to do. Hopefully I can avoid anything really embarrassing on the way.
The idea here, as evidenced by the name of the blog, is to build a writing platform that I can use to get my writing published. I have no idea what I’m doing, but I don’t think very many people do. As such, I’ll use this blog to record my progress on that front, to write down what works (for me, at least) and what doesn’t, to compile a list of resources and plans and encouragement that will hopefully help others on the same path.
I’ll write about the process of constructing this website (because I am no web designer and it will be an ongoing process), finding writing jobs to pad my resume, finding contests I like, editing my books, writing itself. The focus of this blog is the path to the platform.
Let’s see what will happen!
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