Writing is like being naked.
Publishing on the internet is like being naked. And forgetting to shave.
But it’s also a gut punching sensation that keeps me flying through the words. The fact that people are going to read my work and comment on it, good, bad or ugly, keeps me rocking.
But it also makes me do very stupid things, like considering charging for my work.
I’m no saint, y’all. I’m not perfect and anyone who knows me (especially you, dear reader), is already aware that I don’t think things through. I just do them like a mother fricking Nike swish.
Which is not always a bad thing. This type of thinking has somehow helped me garner a following (I think it’s a “let’s go watch the crazy lady” mentality, but I’ll take what I can get), and it’s helped me experiment with different marketing tools that get my work read.
But it also sometimes leads to bad decisions like posting on Facebook that I’ll be charging a one time fee for people to read a private writing blog that I threw together in half a second and I wasn’t even drinking.
Needless to say, I took that shit down in a heartbeat and I’ve done some major soul searching since then.
I love writing. I love that you read my writing. And I’m offering my words to the world hands opened, pants off.
I’m just kidding about the pants. OR AM I???? No really, I am. Hashtag too much caffeine.
So you will forevermore be able to read my petrifying first novel drafts on my literary portfolio site no matter how bad some of you beg to edit them (and seriously – somebody on Google+ asked me to edit a chapter because, and I quote, “You show some talent and skill, but you are impatient.” I giggled so hard I farted.)
Additionally, if you’ve been reading For the Love of Chuck, there are some other chances I’m taking with this novel:
- POV. I’m writing this book in the third person but my narrator has a sassy potty mouth. Wonder where she gets it from…
- Novel or novella? I’m not binding myself to the “FOR THE LOVE OF GOD THIS MUST BE A NOVEL” thought process because I’m just not down for those types of restrictions, you know? There are many a lovely publishing house that consider novellas so why force something if it shouldn’t be forced?
- Two protagonists versus one. If you’ve read Unkept and hopefully eventually read Dear Hearts, you know that incorporating dueling protagonists is my thang. I’ve reverted back to this model for For the Love of Chuck and want to further delve into the reasons this way of writing a book works for me. Besides my brain potentially being split in half. But more on that later.
I’ll be writing individual posts on each of these topics so get ready for a shitstorm of writing truth coming your way. Bring an umbrella.
Also? Don’t be afraid to be weird, honest, uncut, raw and to the point. But be kind. That’s your homework.
Plus shave. Please.