For regular readers of this blog, you will know that I haven’t posted much – if anything – about my journey into writing fiction except what I’ve written in my “about” page. Virtually all of my posts on this blog have been writing samples. My readers have been so wonderful to give me feedback that I have used to improve my writing and I feel like I have gotten to the first rung of the long ladder that will be my journey. So, I thought I’d take a step back and share with you a bit about what’s going on with me:
- I have begun writing my first novel. Wait – let me say that again – I HAVE BEGUN WRITING MY FIRST NOVEL! I have had the idea for this novel rattling around in my head for around six years and my entire reason for learning to write is so that I can do the novel justice.
- I am working towards taking some of the stories that you’ve seen on this blog – plus others that are still in the single-cell stage – and revising them (probably multiple times) with an eye towards eventually doing something with them. It’s a bit unclear what that “something” is, though.
- Of little interest to anybody but me is the fact that I brought my blog over from blogger to wordpress. I like the flexibility that wordpress offers.
- The principal feature that I am already taking advantage of is being able to easily put a menu at the top of the site with links to static pages. If you peruse these pages, you’ll see that I am incorporating some information which I hope will benefit other writers including resources on Twitter and interesting articles, posts and references that I have come across.
I will undoubtedly have less time to create new short fiction while I’m working on my novel, but I do plan to continue to post items here for your review. Which then begs the question – what will I be doing on this blog?
I asked writers on Twitter what they do with their blogs while they are working on novels and I got a wide variety of answers. Part of the answer seems to depend on whether writers are writing to get picked up by an agent/publishing firm or whether they are writing to self-publish. It seems that most (not all) writers who want to get picked up or who have been picked up are fairly close-mouthed about their novels on their blogs, while some writers who are aiming to self-publish are actually posting drafts of their novel as they are writing to gain readers and obtain feedback.
The other part of the answer also seems to depend on whether the writer is comfortable talking about and sharing their work-in-progress. I have no issue with criticism – in fact, getting feedback is the reason I started the blog in the first place. Many writers, however, don’t want readers to see their work until it is completely edited and polished and ready for publication.
Another responder to my question brought up an issue about the possibility of sharing information about the writing process, research, and other information that is related to the novel being written while not sharing excerpts of the novel itself. This is a tricky thing to do if you want to attract folks who are *readers* to your blog in addition to other *writers*.
So, I’ve contemplated all of these responses to my query and I’m thinking (at the moment) that you will probably find the following here on my blog while I’m working on my novel:
- Short essays on how the writing process is going, what I’m learning and progress that I’m making. I’ll try very hard not to bore you with details.
- Short fiction including stories, memoir pieces and poetry, similar to what I’ve been posting. Hopefully you will see the quality generally trending upwards – that’s the goal, anyway!
I’m thinking that, at least for the moment, what you WON’T find is detailed information about my novel, although at some point when i get far enough along, I may share the “pitch” with you – i.e., something analogous to what you would find on the back cover.
So, that’s it in a nutshell. I’d love to get your comments about what you would and would not like to see on my blog as I’m going through this process. Also, fellow writers, please share your thoughts on what you blog about while working on your novel.