This is my 500th post…and I feel like being a rebel…It is a small milestone, still a feat. Mostly I plug books and authors, which means there are 450 Indie (Independent authors) who received exposure they otherwise might not have gotten, I take pride in this.
We all need help. Whether it be with spelling, word usage, editing, dialogue, character development …or just building a base, a blog, a web page, or promotion…GOD knows I need all the help I can get…
We all need encouragement. We get down. Bad reviews, relatives telling you to hang it up, spouses telling you to get a new “hobby”, your friends laugh at you. Then you hear from those who never wrote anything more then an essay in school…they have the nerve to tell you writing a book is easy. They may say you are not as good as Koontz, or King, or whoever, and they ONLY read books by them, so do not even bother offering your books to “me” (don’t worry I won’t). You feel discouraged.
We keep plugging away. We keep doing what we do because we love it. Writing, the expression of ideas, thoughts, stories, fiction, non-fiction … across a wide spectrum of genres and media. (Yeah, that’s a fragmented sentence for all you grammar Nazis, and you know what….it felt good.)
We publish in digital, paperback, hardcover, comics, novels, short stories, anthologies, in series, and signal.
We belong to groups both on the internet and in person.
We receive support from our fellow authors, and really, who is better to give support than another author? We understand the long hours of solitude pumping out a story, polishing, and editing. Together, we struggle through the muck and mire…then in the end, we stand holding the book. The story.
And that’s what it is all about…the story. It doesn’t matter if your Koontz, King, Bradbury…it is the story man! It does not matter the media. It does not matter the critics, it ultimately matters only to you. You are the writer, the artist. You are the one placing your shingle out there for the trolls, and for the world to either like or not.
So, tell you story. Authors abound and they are willing to help…in fact most will feel insulted if you do not. We all started with an idea. Kings first big seller, Carrie, he threw away. His wife rescued it from the landfill. We all get discouraged and feel worthless.
Ask a fellow writer…I’m sure they will be more than glad to help you.
With that said, I feel like doing something really rebellious in celebration of my 500th post…I think I will go drop a clause in Hitler’s lap.