Friday, September 02, 2011

Taking requests

I woke up thinking about the children's story I have out for feedback, and I suddenly realized what the thing's about. (This is in regards to the story I mentioned previously--the one I started nine years ago with a loooong gap between drafts.)

Spoiler alert: It's about worth.

But does this epiphany interest anyone besides me? These tangents without context?

Writing fiction every day is strange, because I spend all this time in places I can't share. By the time the stars align and I find a market, the story of 'how it came to be' is history.

Accidental rhyme, I swear. Put down the pitchfork.

For example, I mailed a play yesterday. In four months, I can expect a postcard back telling me they received the submission. It could be a year before the play is formally rejected.

So does the account of its creation even matter?

I don't know. It's useful for me to look back and see how I'm growing as a writer. But if I'm the only one who cares, why don't I just document my 'growth' off-line? If I'm going to the trouble to post this kind of minutia, then shouldn't it be entertaining? Shouldn't I have the audience in mind?

Again, I don't know. I've done it both ways. When I wrote my first entries online in 1996, I made a big deal about writing for myself. Screw all y'all. Eventually I realized that was a lie. If online journaling/blogging was just for me I'd write on napkins and stow the shredded paper in a box.

I've always liked napkin stories.

Quick digression: At the live D&D show at PAX, the DM wrote clues around the curvy lines of a soccer ball, so the players had to pick up the ball and turn it over and over to read the text. I think it's so cool when the act of reading a story is a part of the story.

Forcing myself firmly back to the point, this next bit would work better with a fancy quiz, full of radio buttons and an evolving bar chart. I don't have that.

But, if you would be so kind to answer, is there anything you'd like me to write more or less about? Photography? Personal finance? Writing process? Booze? Books? Diet/exercise? Celebrity gossip? At one time or another I've touched on all these subjects. Except for the gossip one, which well, I won't do.

Let me know, if you would. I'm curious.

Or, if that question doesn't interest you, how do you approach blogging? Do you write for an audience or yourself?


Mark Andrew Edwards said...

Well, since you asked...

I like reading about your perspectives on your writing career. I like reading about your revelations, your struggles and when you overcome them.

Which story is your children's story? Did I miss that?

Folly Blaine said...

Thanks for the comment, Mark. It's helpful.

The children's story isn't sci-fi/fantasy so I haven't submitted it to group, just mentioned it in an earlier blog post. If you want to read it, I'd be happy to email you after the next rewrite on Sunday. It's only 1900 words. :)

Dan said...

I'll take "Things that are important to Christy at any given point in time" for $200, Alex.

Blog what you like, of course, but I think you're telling the story of you. Obviously your writing process is what's foremost on your mind now so that's what you write about. Ironically it's because you're thinking about writing that you're concerned for your audience which makes you doubt writing about writing. Caring about your audience is a good thing, but I don't think your blog has to be for you or for us. It just IS you.

I'll keep reading because I'm interested in your perspective on whatever it is you write about regardless of the topic. The process of writing fiction isn't something I would normally think about, but that's the best reason for reading someone's blog: to get another perspective. And occasionally there's humor. So I say just keep doing what you're doing.

Folly Blaine said...

Ha, good answer, Dan. I'll try to keep bringing the humor.

By the way, the children's story I keep bringing up is the same one you read months ago. Doesn't end so sadly now.

KermitFan said...

I'm with Dan. I like reading about whatever is on your mind. So, if you want to write about booze, humor, writing, or life in general, I'm all in. :-)

Folly Blaine said...

Awesome, KermitFan. Thank you. :)