I feel really mean. Many months ago, Kari Ann Ramadorai (visit her website here) very kindly nominated me to pen a post for the Writing Process Blog Hop. It should have appeared in March; now it’s September, and still nothing. I hate to be unreliable and I feel bad for letting Kari Ann down (though I doubt she would’ve lost any sleep over my no-show, me hardly being a blogosphere luminary and all that…).
So why didn’t I write the post? The clue is in the title. To be sure, I do have a writing process, and though I wouldn’t recommend it to others (nearly 6 years and counting on a single novel, anyone?) I could have cobbled together a piece on the subject, posted it and come away with a clear conscience.
Except, being asked to consider how I write made me think about what I write, too, and I quickly realized that in no way am I qualified to give other people advice on how to do it. When I’ve done a serious amount of writing, when I’ve published many books and made many sales, maybe then I’ll know something worth reading on the subject. But until that glorious day dawns, I shall henceforth keep quiet.
For a long time, writing about writing has distracted me from doing the writing that matters. Writing about writing hasn’t made me a writer, even if I like to pretend it has.
Many aspiring authors produce excellent blogs, of course; genuinely inspiring and helpful blogs with lessons their readers can learn from. Unfortunately, all I have to offer is glacially slow progress, tiresomely repetitive starts, stops and restarts (“it’s all going to be different this time, honest!”) and zero wisdom to share.
So now I will turn my words into deeds, and focus on contributing something of substance to the world rather than doling out trite hints and tips.
I ducked out of the Writing Process Blog Hop, but learned a valuable lesson myself: that frankly, it’s kind of embarrassing to blog on a subject about which I have nothing worthwhile to say. And that I promise not to do it again; or least, not until my achievements justify all that hot air.
And talking of hot air… back to the novel…
(And thanks to Kari Ann for the blog-changing experience.)★
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