When I started blogging in earnest last year, I thought I’d share smatterings of my writing, talk about writing issues and have, if I was lucky, maybe half a dozen writing buddies to compare notes with and prop me up during writing crises and National Novel Writing month. Which is pretty much what happened. Thank you, Darksculptures, Dayner, Kathan, and Shaddy for diving into the NaNo challenge with me and serving as both cheerleading squad AND writing team to get us all up and over the 50,000 word top. We done good, huh?
In the last couple of months, a few more bloggers have climbed aboard my regular blogroll and I’m so happy you’ve joined the train. Thank you, disobedient writer, Parrot Writes and Linda Cassidy Lewis for adding so much to the ride.
I’m enjoying the ways K.M. Weiland uses video for her writing hints (and I’ve gotten great help for character-building with her e-book, Crafting Unforgettable Characters) and I love Paper Rats and their new video series on writing.
While I’m beginning to read and comment on lots of other writing blogs, those are my shout-outs for today.
More and more of what I’m reading focuses on marketing, NOT on writing. Which is okay, I guess, but I’m not feeling the love as much as I’d like. (I’m also not at the point in my fiction writing that warrants anything close to marketing, so that may be part of it.)
disobedient writer Kirsten Lesko writes today about the need to network out of your league. It’s a thought-provoking post, and I am duly thought-provoked.
I am starting to read more editor and agent blogs, some of which seem very helpful. The others — eh. I can do without snark and arrogance, and I’m seeing a a fair amount of both.
I don’t seem able to find my niche or my head in marketing blogland yet. I love my friends, but the thought of getting a tweet every time someone goes to Starbucks makes me crazy. And the hairs on the back of my neck stand up when I think about spending time with an electronic megaphone selling myself instead of writing another great American novel.
I’d still like to think, perhaps unrealistically, that my fiction will ultimately stand – or fall – on its own merits and not on the number of Facebook friends, tweets, or blog followers I have.
But I’ve been wrong before.
Thoughts? Inquiring minds want to know….