I was going to title this post On Writing, but Stephen King wrote that book, and those are toes I will not step on…
I know my writing is never going to make me either rich or famous, and I’m perfectly OK with that.
I write for me. I write what I like, and I enjoy reading it, and that’s the reason I do it.
When someone else enjoys what I’ve done, man, that’s a blast. To see positive reviews of your work by name kicks up cool to notches unbound. That is the icing on the cake, and it is chocolate, and chocolate is my favorite!
The other benefit is the community of fellow writers and publishers who’ve accepted me into their club. I’ve become one of the gang, not by intent, but by simply writing, and getting the work out there.
MJ Zander, a.k.a. “Coach”, gave of her time to read an early one, and write prolific notes as to what was right, and what wasn’t. I learned a great deal from her kind gesture, and will always be grateful for her guidance.
C.P. Dunphey, founder of Gehenna & Hinnom publishers was the first publisher to accept a piece I’d done, and that opened the door for others, and I am grateful for them all.
My fellow writers have been very supportive, and I try to return that favor as often as I can. The beauty of this club is that we don’t compete with each other…instead, we support each other. You don’t see this kind of thing in other endeavors, at least I certainly haven’t.
Music, for example. How many lead guitarists does it take to change a light bulb? 100. 1 to do it, and 99 to talk about how they could do it better. Granted, my friends and band mates were free of huge egos, but they were the exception, not the rule. Hell, not by a long shot.
It all started in January, when I decided to get off my ass and give writing a try. I’d thought about it off and on, but always procrastinated for whatever reason happened to be handy at the time. So, I gave myself a year, to see if I could arrange the 26 in a form other folks would be willing to read, and shocked the hell out of myself.
I did it.
So, the work…and the fun…will continue. I want to keep learning, keep improving the quality of my stuff, and the only way to do that is to do that, then do it some more.