I've been writing seriously now for almost two years, and I've undergone a few paradigm shifts in that time--experiencing insights or ideas that change the way I understand my writing, and how I go about it. I previously ran a blog down at WordPress which I tended to obsess over, trying to garner hits for inane writings about pop culture and Seinfeld-esque observations that didn't really focus on my real passion: writing fiction.
So now, I'm back to blogging, but only for the express purpose of providing a journal, in the proper sense, to record my writing journey. And this only because I recently stumbled upon some paradigm shifting wisdom.
Dean Wesley Smith--a speculative fiction writer who I had never heard of until a few days ago--has produced a series of articles--which, if I'm not mistaken, is now a book--on his website with the intention of destroying myths about writing and the publishing industry. It's called Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing, and I've found it incredibly inspiring. After reading it yesterday, I finished and submitted a 50,000 word novella, and today I wrote a short story I've been meaning to get around to. Tomorrow I'll send it off to some paying markets.
This find--for which I must thank, I think (and "I think" only because my memory is bad and the Internet is full of links), Alex J. Kane, another speculative fiction writer, and for finding him I must thank his proclivity to comment on articles down at Clarkesworld Magazine--has totally reinvigorated my writing and my desire to "make it." And, to that end, I'm starting to blog again.
So, here we go, ladies and gents! I hope that this voyage into the recesses of my mind is not uncomfortable.
Best wishes to all,