Ever seen that commercial with the cheering section that follows a guy around his entire day and cheers for him? Life isn’t like that. For one thing, cute guys don’t carry coffee around nearly as much as you would expect. For another, there’s no cheering section.
In the “real world” (quote from a Bill Cosby show, not the MTV thing I never got into), you sorta figure if no one’s yelling at you, your coworkers still say hi, and your boss hasn’t fired you, you’re doing okay. If your friends still call and your Mom still remembers your birthday, if your spouse still gives you a kiss when you get home and you can still pay the bills, you’re doing fine. It’s not a cheering section, but it’s a lot of small chatter and a lot of little finish lines.
In the writing world on the other hand, it’s a long, drawn out silence punctuated by periods of extreme quiet. There are the rejections, of course – but many of those are said with either form letters or an absolute unwillingness to write back at all. Mostly it’s quiet. You could be writing the Next Great American Novel or moving prose reminiscent of the backs of cereal boxes. Either way the quiet is the same.
This blog is about breaking out of that quiet. Talking about all the little finish lines along the way – the finished novel, the finished revision, the day I sat down and wrote even though I didn’t feel like it and the day the scene started hemorrhaging and I held it together with my bare hands.
It’s also about the people, the characters, and the fun facts I encounter along the way. Science may feature occasionally (the brain is a very cool thing), and I’ll drop in some info on marketing, tech, design, and whatever else strikes my fancy. But at its core this blog is about me and my journey to celebrate a writing life and all of its little triumphs.
I hope you’ll join me.