Readin' N Writin'

On occasion I'll read a book.

That sentence was originally written as follows:
On occasion I'll read a book that I feel I could've written. Now I'll admit that's a stretch. It's a stretch to say I have the time, talent, and patience to ever write any book, but sometimes I'll finish a book and say to myself "Self, we could do that"

I changed that first sentence because I felt it wasn't quite honest. My finished book to started book ratio has fallen off this past year. I've been working on "The Future of Ideas" for almost a year now. That one's not on my "I could've done it" list, that's one my "not even if given 100 years" list. There's just too much good stuff in the one, I can't stop writing notes and ideas, and reading the foot notes. Lately I've been working on "Things My Girlfriend and I Have Argued About." That's on my list because I think, or maybe more accurately, I hope, that given enough time, and maybe a bit more talent, I could write something at least that good, or maybe at least almost that good.

I figure writing doesn't need to be an all or nothing proposition. I can write a short story, or even part of one and be happy with it. As a matter of fact I have more than a few sitting around just waiting to be finished. I think a blog is a perfect place for such writing, and entry can be just part of what I've written. Just as show uses it to chronicle her daily life, I too can use it to chronicle my made up life. So, to that end, I hope to do more writing in this space. I hope.

Comments

Blogging and "real" writing

"As a matter of fact I have more than a few [stories] sitting around just waiting to be finished. I think a blog is a perfect place for such writing, and entry can be just part of what I've written."

Some publishers won't want you if you've given it away free first on the internet. Caution, here. Save the good stuff.

Re:Blogging and "real" writing

"Some publishers won't want you if you've given it away free first on the internet. Caution, here. Save the good stuff."

So, find a publisher who doesn't mind that you've published on the net. If you save all the good stuff and just publish the "bad" stuff on the net--if they check you out all they'll see is crap.

Or publish your net stuff under a pseudonym. In my spare (ha ha) time I write and web publish fan fic (of a specific type) and I sure as heck don't use my real name. In fact, other than for official type things, I never use my real name on the net. I'm just a little bit paranoid.

I'd really hate for Blake not to post anything because he's scared of not getting published in the "real world". That's my 2 cents, cdn.

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Re:Blogging and "real" writing

Blogging will help his writing skills and keep him sharp. He'll still need something fresh, however, for a publisher to invest in him.

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