When I started this blog (first over at MySpace and later moving it here to Blogger) some years ago, I wasn’t looking for a following. I was just keeping an online journal for myself and for Collin. I’d never been good at that sort of thing, but after watching my mother slip away from us, the result of multiple strokes, watching her memory deteriorate until she no longer recognized either of us, I suddenly wanted to record my memories in case I ended up the same way–unable to remember important things from my life, from my parents’ lives. I wanted Collin to be able to come here and share those memories, if he chose.
I do have an author blog over at WordPress–I didn’t want a website, just something simple I could do myself to post information about upcoming books and other author-related stuff. Check out Beishir Books sometime, if you haven’t already.
When I started having memory issues, I was convinced I was headed down the road to dementia…or Alzheimers. It was a relief when my neurologist, after ordering an EEG and an MRI, assured me that I’m not even close to that.
Nor did I intend to do a “writer blog.” Yes, I have almost thirty years of experience as a published author, but I’m not quick to give advice to other writers these days for three reasons: 1. There’s no one size fits all formula for writing and marketing a book, no guaranteed formula for success. 2. I don’t believe writing can be taught. At least not fiction writing. Either you’re a storyteller or you’re not, and you can learn more by reading your favorite authors than you’ll ever get from any class. 3. Patience isn’t my strong suit. I’ve encountered aspiring writers who think they already know all there is to know about writing an publishing a book because they read a lot of how to books on writing or they’ve taken an online course. If they’re not willing to take advice, I’m not going to waste my time giving it…though I am more than willing to issue the “I-told-you-sos” when they screw up. (Yep, I’m bad.)
However, in the past couple of weeks, I’ve done two posts that were writing-related, and the responses have been overwhelming. So I’m thinking, maybe I do have something to say that might matter to someone. Maybe a weekly writing-related post here and at Beishir Books might prove informative (or at the very least, give you all a good laugh!). If it’s helpful to even one person, I’m good with that. Because of my brain issues, I’ve had to make some adjustments in the way I work. It takes longer. I have to use an outline now. I can’t set deadlines for myself. There are good days and bad days. But I’m still in the game, and if anyone else has these issues, maybe I can help there as well.
But I don’t want to just impart my own advice and experiences. I’ll be spotlighting my fellow authors and bloggers as well–in profiles, interviews or guest posts. I’m sure it will surprise no one that my first spotlight writer/blogger will be my partner in crime for the past five years, William Kendall….