"Write about writing" I was told, when I asked what I would do with a blog. I know precious little about writing.
I know that when the mood hits me, writing can be fun.
I know that I like hearing lovely words of praise. (But, really - who doesn't?)
I know that I like getting constructive criticism to help me improve.
It started as...I don't know, not quite a joke, but a silly Facebook post from Marina that said "Zombie haiku. Feel free to join in." The lightbulb flashed on, and I joined in. That was the first 8 verses of the Zombie Haiku that's on here. The next day, it was all I could think about. So it got longer.
Then it was:
"We should all write Halloween stories!! I'll post them on my blog!" from Jaye.
"But Jaye, I wouldn't know what to write about."
"Write about cannibalistic faeries. Make it a love story. Oh, and it needs a duck."
A love story about cannibalistic faeries with a duck?? How the heck was that going to work? Oh, wait.... and that became The Red Band.
But, see, Marina and Jaye actually write. Jaye is a published author, Marina has a collection of short stories for the Kindle. For sale, not for free. And people have purchased them!! Who am I? At the moment, I feel a little like a wannabe, riding their coattails.
I am learning a few things as I go:
- that I like to have an idea kicking around in my head, waiting for the little bit of something to make it sing.
- that it feels pretty good when something comes together nicely.
- that I have a bit of a twisted mind when it comes to some things.
- that other authors are amazing people, not territorial like I think I was expecting.
- that sometimes, you need to write; it doesn't matter what else you try to do, nothing goes right until you do.
So it appears that I write less (much less) about the technical processes of writing, and more about my discoveries as I write.
I can live with that.