Contemplating a Close

Or at least, not renewing the domain.

It’s still months away but getting hard to justify spending money on here.

At one point I was thinking about setting up some kind of mentory/workshop thing, but I don’t want to be that guy. I don’t want to be the one asking a nervous writer to give me money so that I can tell them what they know. I don’t want to be the person saying “If you give me many dollars, I will teach you how to be inspired!”. While I can’t vouch for what people do or don’t get out of these sorts of things and I also understand that people need money to survive or they’ll probably kill themselves, putting that monetary barrier between starting writers and the tools you tell them they absolutely must have feels wrong.

I’m glad for the experience here has given me, but it’s a lot for mostly one person. It’s also a lot like talking to a wall.

While I haven’t had a view-less day here since very early on, it’s coming.

The only things I want to leave this with are I think the content here is good, useful, and best of all it’s free. The Plan Plan is my shining moment for here and I kinda love the semi-farcical tone of Writing Musts but yeah… uh. hmm. I’ll just end with this a few of my own thoughts on writing. None of them are rules, because I don’t like rules. Think of them as suggestions you can use or ignore, however you like.

  • Show and tell, as you need it – Lean toward the former but sometimes the latter works. Use your judgement.
  • Write what you want – Your passion will bridge the gap between familiarity and expertise, but do research too.
  • There’s more to story structure than The Hero’s Journey – Write how you want. If you don’t want to do a three-act structure, don’t have one. It’s your story.
  • Don’t pay someone $600 to tell you to sit down and write – Fricking do it already.
  • Be yourself – You can’t be Hemingway, job’s taken. Them other authors you’ve heard of, also taken. Write the way you do, that nobody else can.
  • It’s never as good as you think – You’re already in love with the story because you’ve imagined it, seen the movie in your head, and already know it all. You’re too close to know.
  • It’s never as bad as you think – You see all the mistakes sometimes, and remember all the other drafts where it was slightly different. You’re still too close to know.
  • It’s never ready after the first draft – Read it. Don’t change a thing. Again. AGAIN. See all those bits that keep bothering you now? Now you can change them.
  • Write something you’d put on your own bookshelf – If it doesn’t appeal to you, or you’re not proud of what you’re trying to write (whether you’re doing or not), why are you doing this?
  • Nobody’s perfect and no story either – Accept you’ll make mistakes so you have the chance to make them. Can’t fix what doesn’t exist.
  • Let it happen – Be flexible. A story can take turns you weren’t expecting, and it becomes almost like reading.
  • Have fun – This one’s just common sense. It’s not all giggles and rainbows, but parts of the process ought to be enjoyable
  • Do it – Can’t cross the cusp of greatness if you don’t take a step.
  • Lastly, write your way. You wanna write transitions? You want snappy dialogue or stoic grunts? You want a trope-laden wonderland? People are going to tell you their rules, or the writing musts, the things that you must absolutely do OR YOU’RE NOT A REAL WRITER. NO, you’re real and you’re writing it, so it’s your bloody story.

One thought on “Contemplating a Close

  1. The money thing for writers is tricky. I tend to agree with you about being wary of taking money to teach writers what they can learn best by doing it themselves, other than teaching the technical aspects of writing and publishing. Writers generally don’t have much money, so taking it from them when they can receive good critiques of their writing by joining a writing group for free doesn’t sit well.

    The reason I keep on blogging (using wordpress.com free hosting) is that in my area, history, it is like a portfolio of my work. It demonstrates that 1 – I can write well in a short format, 2 – I can do original research, 3 – I have interesting stuff to say.

    But it doesn’t pay, so my rule is to only blog when I have something to say. I know all the advice about blogging like clockwork, but I have my book to attend to with the end of this year as an important deadline. I can’t immerse myself in that and blog regularly at the same time.

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