I must have written a thousand of these introductory posts. Hell, I’ve rewritten this one four times. Normally I get excited about an idea, hop on over to a blogging platform and get to introducing myself again. I don’t typically have more of a plan than that and it all falls apart in a week. This time I have a plan and a dream. Though all this does is make me more nervous to put myself out there. Whatever. We’ll see where this goes:
Hi. I’m Charlie and I’m going to be a full-time writer even if it kills me.
What does this have to do with you?
Ah yes, the age-old question.
I got tired of a lot of the other writing blogs. The blogs that give you guidelines on how to submit or find an agent, but don’t actually tell you what any of it is like. Those ones never say anything about how long it took them to be published or how many rejections they got, or what the rejections letters said. Those don’t talk about the many, many mistakes they inevitably made or what it cost them. There are a thousand and one blogs out there telling you exactly what to do, but few that actually tell you what it’s like.
If you want to be a writer as well but are afraid of the unknown, then this blog is for you. I’ll be recording both failures and successes, acceptance and rejection letters, things I know as well as those I learn along the way.
There will be times, especially in the beginning, where there’s nothing happening. When this is the case, I will be writing about the process. My advice will be most helpful to those just starting out, but sometimes it’s helpful even to the experienced to read about it from a fresh perspective.
The thought on the schedule – subject to change – is that I’ll post on the writing process for most of the month, have a review of something every so often (probably once every month or two), and begin each month with a post that dissects the previous month. I will write on the publishing game more as I get experience.
What to expect
Tips and tricks. How do you decide what to write? What do you do about writer’s block? Where do you even start when you’re worldbuilding? I’ll be answering these questions and more.
Reviews. Fiction books, guidebooks, organizational systems, writing software, journals, etc. I will only be reviewing things that I have personally used and recommend only things I like.
My story as it happens. Even if you have read another blog of this type before, this will still be unique in that no one will have exactly the same story. I want to have complete transparency into what the writing life looks like as I try to go from full-time software dev to full-time writer.
Let’s get caught up with that story, shall we?
The Crisis. I won’t bore you with all my existential thoughts in the introduction to my blog; I’ll save that for another time. However, it boiled down to the fact that I have literally always wanted to be a writer and I haven’t actually made any real attempt to do so. Now I will.
The Plan. Knowing what I wanted to do, my partner and I sat down and talked about the logistics. He drew up a budget to figure out how much money we would need to save so that I could take a year off to make an actual attempt to do this.
Everything I read said I should have an author’s site even before getting published, but what on earth would I even put on it? In doing research I found so many blogs that talked about what to do, but not how to do it, or they talked about steps but not experiences. Enter the idea for the blog.
What I’ve Done So Far. At the time of writing this, I have added to a growing list of post ideas, outlined about 20 of those, and written up about 10 of those 20. I wanted to have a schedule of writing a post every other day while working on a short story or a novel the other days, but I’ve put that aside for now. Ultimately I’ll be writing blog posts in “seasons,” where I put everything else to the side to write up a batch of posts and then go back to writing fiction. I’ll schedule the posts so that I’ll still need to write the monthly review of course, but the rest of it will be released week by week.
After writing up those 10 posts, I began to edit them. Editing so many things in a row has made me realize that I am terrible at it, but that’s okay. Now is the time for learning these things. And I’ll be getting plenty of practice as this blog goes on.
I have comments enabled for a reason! I’d love to hear more about you and why you’re here. How long have you been writing? What do you typically write? What would you like to see come out of this blog?