I’m not a master of writing, despite what my degrees would tell you, but I do have some success. Two books, two on the way. I’ve had a hand in publishing close to twenty titles(if not more). For a brief spell I was an Amazon #1 best-selling author.
Not saying any of this to boast, my last royalty check was 7$. Just saying this to express that I have a lot of years of experience in this writing world that is such a fickle mistress.
The one thing I’d like to talk about today, if you care to keep reading, is the quality of writing over the years. Once upon a time I was a 14 year old boy who found a love for writing. And that starry eyes little dumb ass called up his cousin who studied writing at Columbia and asked her to take a look at his stuff.
She was polite. And I will say she didn’t bash in my dreams as she likely should have. But the advice and schooling she gave me then was the same I paid a lot of money for 10 years later. Read more, revise more.(and a lot of other helpful stuff, but trying to stay on point since 75% of the people who clicked on this have already stopped reading)
But tonight, I was having a conversation about the fact that I make the same mistakes in writing I always have. I even know when I am doing them. But there are incorrect spellings and wrong grammar that flow naturally to me so I don’t fix them in the writing process.
I write as poorly as a did half a life time ago. I revise like my life depends on it. I let the red pen strike like I’ve got dragons to slay.
So if you’re out there, and you’re debating writing, remember writing isn’t the hard part. Writing is the fun part. Revising is where the work comes in, and revising is where many of us lose the will for a project. So write fast, edit slow. Get the words down. Make the mistakes. Keep moving forward. The best thing about writing is you don’t have to be perfect the first time. Enjoy the journey.
I fail…a lot. A ton even. I fail in one day more than most people do in a year.
After a recent work out I was talking with Lauren and told her I failed. Her response was “Aww Babes…come on. I don’t date failures.”
The good news is I get to keep my engf* cause I’m not a failure. I just fail. And fail well I do. My expectation for myself will always be that if a bar is low enough to reach I didn’t set it high enough. I fail at my job, my work outs, my sport, my life, and more than anything else my writing.
But as I resume work on The Primal Age Chronicles, I promise to keep failing, and to fail better each day. Cause as long as I continue to fail I am not a failure. So, let’s raise some bars.
*engf is an acronym for exclusive non girl friend since we’re both too stubborn to embrace bf/gf handles
All lined up ready to deploy. Signed books going out in the mail today. If you’d like to help me clean out the basement I’m selling Foamers and Strays at a discounted rate. $25 for the signed pair. Comment here if you’re interested.
Finished a hard copy edit of what I have so far on book3. I’ve been working out of google docs. When I work offline it doesn’t spell check. All I can say is holy shit I should not be allowed to teach college English.
It has been a while. In that time there were a number of losses and gains.
Life can be a bastard sometimes. It can take and take and take. It’ll take so much that you wonder how much more it can possibly steal, however, in this world and the Primal Age, you had to remember that it will give as well. Just because life takes, doesn’t mean that it isn’t giving, or that when it takes it isn’t giving you a different opportunity at the same time.
I am not here to tell you that loss won’t hurt, sometimes it might seem like it will kill you, but remember to stay in the fight and everything will even out.
I just wanted to take a moment to say thanks to Mountaineer Middle School for having me last week to talk with their English classes. Writing is a very solitary existence, and I can get so caught up in the rest of my life I often tend to forget I am a writer, but getting to talk with kids about writing, the process and the book itself is always a nice reminder of what I am.
So, thank you to the administration, the teachers(Mrs. Myers for getting it set up), and especially the students for being one of the best audiences I ever had. Few things are more satisfying than closing a book when you are done reading and seeing an entire class on the edge of their seats waiting for the next words.