This isn’t the first time this topic has come up. Yesterday, there was a bit of a debate on Janet Reid’s blog because of a simple question. Whether to write about writing, or, more specifically, should writers blog about writing. The Shark’s position is, not really. Or, if you do, it should only be a piece here and there. She says, “I think writing about writing is best done in small doses and infrequently.” She states that writers need to attract “readers” and by readers, she means people more likely to buy your book – if you have books to buy.
She goes on to explain why.
And so, here I am. Guilty as charged. One piece of good news is, not every post I write is about writing. And I’m not trying to teach writing – as if I could. Some of you out there have probably spotted grammatical errors galore, and wondered how the hell I’ve managed to write books. Well,I have, but more than likely with a lot of grammatical errors. The funny thing is, I’ve thought about changing things up. Doing something different here. I just don’t know what, so I haven’t. Then I’ve had a couple folks say they really like the blog already. And when I throw my own two cents into the fray, I think, hey, I am who I am. This is me, my voice, my place to spew about whatever I want. What’s wrong with that?
Well, nothing and everything.
For one thing, I’ve always wanted to attract more followers, or potential readers, whichever. Doesn’t anyone who’s got a blog? Someone in JR’s comments area said that people like controversy. Well. I’m not the controversial sort. I’m a rule follower. I’m the polite person who moves their cart out of the way of other shoppers – even if I was standing at the meat counter eyeballing those ribeyes first. I don’t like making waves, or drawing attention to myself. I’m a quiet person,with a ready smile. I have opinions about everything, but I also have enough sense to know those opinions really only matter to me. If the topic isn’t too incendiary, I’ll weigh in – like I did yesterday. My stance about writers attracting readers was, writers are readers too. It’s the second most important thing we do.
JR said Chuck Wendig’s blog is fine for sharing writerly stuff b/c he writes so “fierce.” And, let me tell you, she’s right about that. He could write about how to make vanilla pudding and make you think you’d just cracked open a book on culinary wizardry with his descriptive choices for the most mundane tasks. It’s like the man has his own on board thesaurus plunked into his brain with a unique talent for using unusual words as a launch pad for each and every sentence.
I’m not Chuck. I’m nowhere near his level of writing, and his style is very different. Bold, brash, INTERESTING.
I’m debating what’s the best way forward for this blog. Until I know, it is what it is, (and if you know me, you know I hate that phrase) but at this point, I don’t know. I did this originally to provide myself with a social platform for the books that will hopefully be published one day. The problem was not knowing there were already way too many of “us,” going about it just like this and to stand out you gotta be like Chuck – not his voice – but, unique enough to not get lost in all the noise.
Big shoes to fill.
If you are a reader, (not a writer) do you care about the writing process, words per day, how ideas are born, or any other manner of writing? Or, is this just white noise?