I spend a fair amount of time wondering about this blog: who reads it, how useful it is, what I want to get out of it. I started it so I could have a space online to talk about my writing. I’d just been published in my first anthology and thought haha, I have made it! Now I have something worth saying! A few years later, neither anthology with my work is in print (although you can still find Dragonthology around and about on the net, either used or new, even if Happily Ever Afterlife seems to have vanished). I guess that makes me an unpublished published author? I don’t know.
It’s taken me a few years to admit it, but I don’t know that I have a whole lot of knowledge to impart that anyone who wants to be a writer can’t figure out for themselves except for this one simple truth: if you write, then you get more words. The more you write, the more words automagically appear. If you don’t write, guess what you get? Nothing. The more nothing I have, the more nothing I’m likely to have.
I call this my own personal road to writer’s block. It’s not a place I want to visit. When I’ve traveled there I sit and think about all the words I could be writing, but actually sitting down to do it starts to look like as faraway a goal as my elusive desire to be published used to. What a sad place to find myself!
Fortunately, the remedy is easy: just write. That’s it. It’s simple. Just write. The more I write, the more I want to write. The more I write, the more ideas I have for even more writing. The more I write, the better I feel. If you take one thing from this blog, make it this little gem of advice.
Does anyone else have writerly words of wisdom to impart? Chime in!