I haven't updated in at least a week, so here's what's new:
First of all, fellow Firefly & Wisp author T.R. Stampz has graciously offered to loan me the money with which to purchase a bus ticket to Akron for a book signing and convention in June. Of course, I'll pay her back as I can, but with my sister's graduation next week, I need some gift money out of my monthly check, so my compensation may have to wait.
In other news, I've been reading a lot of writer blogs lately. (If only I'd write them nearly as often)... Some of them are very helpful to me, but others aren't helpful at all, to anyone. I came across one that talked about "how to become a writer," which would be fine if the author weren't talking about creating stories for a readership. I've said it before (at great length) and I'll say it again: storytelling is not learned; you have to be born with it. True, you need to learn proper spelling and grammar to be good at putting the story idea into words on paper (or ebook, whatever), but if you're not already a storyteller, you never will be.
I found another that put the same idea into MUCH better words, making sense out of it: "Helping writers become authors." That's more like it. If you write blogs, poems, journals, cartoons, whatever, that's great. But you're not really an author until you have something ready for public consumption by an audience. Being a natural writer does require learning language skills for literary purposes, whereas being an author does not.
And you can be one without being the other. I'm sure the original teller of Beowulf, which was passed down from oral tradition, never thought himself an author (if they even had such a profession back then), but that's what he was. The scroll maker who put the epic poem down was the writer, and a very talented writer... but it wasn't his story. That manuscript was more like really well-written, elaborate fan-fiction. I guess one could compare it to Fifty Shades of Grey or any number of the series novels spun off from Star Wars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Star Trek, or any number of other original franchises that made the literary jump.... only, you know, Beowulf is a classic and the others probably won't be considered such in 100 years.
There was another blog about how there's no such thing as writer's block, only harsh self-editing that causes writers to stop writing. I couldn't help but wonder if that one editor from all those years ago is the reason I can't finish a novel. There's got to be some kind of subconscious block behind it, I just can't figure out what that might be. Maybe I just need the right inspiration.
Speaking of inspiration, I found a local author who needed someone to help her brainstorm on how to get her writing in order for publication. I volunteered. Brainstorming might get me past this funk I'm in.
I got the new Poets & Writers Tuesday, and I went straight to the classified ads in the back so that I could find some publishers seeking submissions so that I could help my new friend in finding a place to send her poems. However, in reading those requests, it made me want to submit some of MY poems to contests. After all, the fee only allows one short story, but up to 3 poems usually. That would give me a better chance at winning with one of them, if the poems are good enough. I think I shall submit some of them, if I can afford a few entry fees. Or maybe I should only submit to anthologies and magazines and fee-less contests. At this point, I need to save all the money I can! Whoever said the life of an indie author was a glamorous one (if anyone) was full of shit! ;)
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