I've been running this blog -- in one form or another, at one url or another -- for probably ten years. And for most of that time, it's been a meandering affair. I wanted to write about writing, and I did. But I always felt somewhat restrained by the fact that I hadn't put any serious effort into publishing anything. It felt disingenuous. Like I wanted to talk the talk without having walked the walk.
This reboot has as much to do with promoting my books as it has to do with the blog itself. "Wait, a blog? It's The Future. Nobody blogs anymore. Get on Facebook or Twitter, old man."
Well, a fair point. But I like the long-form of a blog. I also like reading other authors' blogs. So while this is a reboot, it's also a continuation of what I've been doing.
I'd like to move away from the "meandering" thing, though. So I thought it was worthwhile to sort of lay out what I think this blog (and this site) is going to be. I always say I like to write the things I like to read. So this site, on the macro scale, is going to be the sort of author's site I like to visit (or read via RSS, as appropriate).
With that in mind, here's what I've got in mind for this site:
1. Writing about Writing
Yup. I love reading about how other writers get their stories from their heads into my hands. I love heaving about how this idea turned into that story -- and while the idea has morphed completely from inception to finished work, you can still sort of see its DNA if you squint at it just right.
I'm going to post word-counts, both because I dig seeing that sort of thing, and because it's helpful for keeping me honest. I was doing a Wednesday Word Count post while working on the first draft of The King's Glamour and I figure I'll do it for the second draft too (I usually hold off until I break 10,000 words, however -- at that point, I figure the story has legs).
I'll also post about great moments in writing. I'm using the word "great" loosely in that sentence. Basically, I'm talking about those realizations you have which either get you over a hump, or improve the story in a big way you should have seen coming but didn't. Stories (my stories) don't appear fully-written out of the ether, and I think it's important for writers just starting out to see that in their own work, too.
2. Writing about My Books
But not in the way you might think I mean. Which is to say, when there's news about The Seven Markets or one of my other books -- when something goes to the editor, or comes back with great (or bad) feedback, I'm going to write about it. When something's getting ready to be released. When I've got new cover art to share. When there are reviews or awards or whatever else. What this won't be is posts from me urging you to buy my stuff (exception: if I'm running a promotion, say discounting the Kindle editions of my stuff, I'll post, but in a very low-key, FYIish fashion).
Because, again, I love reading this stuff when other authors do it. I love seeing a linkdump of fresh reviews. I love the previews, the sample chapters, the artwork for books that won't be out for a few months. It's great, exciting stuff, and I'm hoping you'll be excited about it to.
3. Writing about . . . Stuff
Like movies. Or another book I've read. Or a boardgame I've played. Linking a Youtube video I think is worth your time. Listen: if you're good enough to come here to see what I've got to say, I'd like to give you something in return. I've no interest in spamming your RSS feed, but there are going to be times I think something is worth sharing. When that happens, I'm going to share it.
4. Writing about Self Publishing
Because I'm an expert now. /rolleyes
Seriously, though. I'm not talking about being a booster for self-pub; I'm talking about sharing valuable information about what goes on behind the scenes.
As an example, when I was looking into what's involved in setting up an ebook on Kindle Direct Publishing, I was deathly afraid that each step I took -- with my unfinished manuscript -- was going to be the "point of no return". Suddenly my book would be out there and I wouldn't be able to recall it and finish it off.
I was, of course, worrying about nothing. You have to go through a whole lot putting an ebook up, and nothing is irreversible.
To say nothing of having an editor you trust and a great designer to make you look like you know what you're doing.
5. Write Every Day
This is, beginning in early 2013, going to be a fixture on the site. A blog-within-a-blog, if you will. My goal is to offer up an essay roughly once a week with the express goal of helping urge that aspiring writer to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and write.
Because writing is not a thing that happens passively in the background. You have to need it, have to dedicate yourself to it, have to sacrifice to steal the time from your day-to-day life. I've been writing (more or less) every day for going on three years now. I've learned a lot. I really, sincerely hope at least some of that might help others get their stories out of their heads and out into the world.