So this is my blogger. I know already that I won’t be updating much, because I have this fear of boring people, which, for a writer, can be somewhat debilitating. I find myself cutting dialogue short, or just jumping to another scene, because I hate being boring. But, that’s what the second draft is for, I suppose, to fix silly things like that….
I am a writer. I have even been an author, once or twice. It’s what I’ve wanted to do since I was in the ninth grade, that and become a librarian. Well, there’s one off the list, anyway. (I work, off an on, as a librarian. I ought to be working on my mls, but here I am, making things up.)
I have completed one book, called Balancing Act and am gearing up to do the final edits on a book called Blue Moon. I have comics scripts and short stories and I get lots of nice letters from editors about my stories. A few months back I got a rejection letter with “I really, really loved your story” hand written on it. Which was kind of weird, like I said, this was on a rejection letter. And this isn’t the first time, either….I get a lot of, “Really good, but not right for us, send us more.” letters. Just so you know, I have talent. As much as what I’ve just said proves it, anyway. I think my problem is mismarketing. I try to do research, make sure I send it to the right places, but sometimes I do end up making an educated guess. Any writer worth their salt will tell you that this is a BAD THING. But sending five or ten dollars to every magazine you’d like to submit to becomes a losing proposition right away.
I also think that the market is crowded – there are so many of us, out there. It is a beautiful dream, after all. But – and I say this with a great deal of heartfelt truthfulness, if you are writing because you think that this is a good way of making money, trust me, you’d do better working at Wal Mart. If you’re doing this for any reason other than you have these stories and thoughts and you need to let them out of your skull and onto the paper, if you’re doing it because it pleases you and because, hopefully, it’ll please someone else, then yeah, this is it. Failing to become an author will be worth it then. Neil Gaiman (A lovely writer….here’s his blog. He’s an Author, and a neat man.) once said that writing is like ditch digging. When I read that I nodded in agreement for close to a half an hour. Because it is. But then there are places when it becomes easy, where you’re living the story as it leaves you head, when you’re having the best time you could possible have.
But damn, I’d love to get paid for it. 😀 I’d better go. I’m waxing too philosophical.