What I am hoping to accomplish with this blog is to create an audience of creative thinkers. Writers are of course welcome to participate, but really anyone who has a voice and is passionate about anything should also apply. Myself, I got hooked on writing not because I wanted to be novelist, but rather because I had a creative itch that need scratching.
If you haven't read my prologue yet, I invite you to. I would love to hear your feedback. But more than that, I would also love to learn more about what other writers are doing in similar spaces. Part of the reason I built this website was just to see if I could...but also to try and find an audience to ask the question - "So...I have written a book, now what...?"
I realize that in these first few weeks, even months, it will be tough when little (or no) audience will be reading my words. I imagine I will feel like one of the those earlier radio enthusiasts, who used to sit at their desk or kitchen table, talking into the microphone of an old CB radio to see if anyone listening. "Is anybody out there...?"
What I can promise from this forum is that I won't pretend I have an audience i.e. write fake replies so that it appears there's a party going on. If I never receive a single comment, that's fine. Well not really, but I will deal with it.
So that being said, feel free to comment and tell me about yourself, what topics you love to write about. What are your passions? Myself, I have been writing "creatively" for about 15 years. Unlike many who consider writing a hobby, I wasn't a big writer, or reader for that matter, in high school. Instead, it was something I found after I graduated university when reading was no longer a requirement. I've always had a creative side, but never an outlet. My father and grandfather were both amateur painters. And while I can draw quite a bit more than stick man, it was never anything I ever cared to pursue.
Writing on the other hand, has always been something that I feel has come relatively easily to me. NOT the syntax mind you, but the creative process it takes to churn out prose, which is probably why I love to write so much - even more than I do reading. We all enjoy doing the things that we are proficient at, right? That is, in fact a question I have wanted to ask other writers. What do they enjoy more? When I think about it, I guess it is a selfish way of thinking. Like, what do you enjoy more in a conversation, speaking or listening? I believe listening is what any sophisticated person should answer. Yet with my analogy, I am answering speaking. I guess I just love how writing offers me the chance to turn random thoughts into physical words. Make sense of a dream I had, for instance.
It's funny I write that last sentence because this is exactly how I came up with my prologue and what started me down this path. My prologue was the expansion of a dream. I literally woke up one morning and said, "I should try and write that idea down and see where it leads me..." Ninety thousand words, and countless edits later, here I am.
Anyway, to provide a little context, I am currently working with an editor from Firefly Creative Writing. This amazing group of individuals is helping me to refine my collection of jumbled thoughts into a completed project. So I want to give a big thanks to the team at Firefly for giving me the inspiration to challenge myself to finish my book. Where this journey leads, I have no idea, but I'm excited as hell to find out!
Don't be a stranger.