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Birth of a New Blog!

“Oh look, another writing blog. They’re all the same. It’s all just the same stuff, rehashed over and over again. If you’ve read one you’ve read them all.”

Well, now you can read mine.

Hello there! I’m now starting the one-millionth writing blog on the internet. I’m looking forward to carving out my little place here. This is going to be fun for me.  If you’d like to keep reading, I hope it will be fun for you too.

My name is Georgette Graham, and I am a struggling writer. If you think those two words go together far too often, you’re right. It seems like all but a gilded few of us write either have a day job, or we’re struggling. I have a day job myself. Even still, I am a writer because I write; not because that’s how I make my living.

Writers are a strange breed. We live in a world of late nights, fights for inspiration, struggles with agents and publishers, and stretches of rejection interrupted by successes only occasionally. At least I do. It’s frustrating to me, but it’s also wonderful. I love writing. My characters and stories and the worlds they inhabit are very dear to me. I hope you’ll stick around and learn a little more about them.

I intend to use this blog to share, not only things that I have learned about the writing process through the years, but also to write about my own work towards my publication goals. There will be articles about writing and pre-writing, character creation and development, and tricks I have learned that help me to organize notes and research, as well as talk about my efforts both in traditional and internet self-publishing, and using social media to help generate readership.

So, a little more about me: I studied English in college, and focused on Victorian Literature.  I have a second major in Theater, and studied both acting and playwriting. As a writer, I have had a few minor short story sales and have worked locally writing for businesses and newsletters. You, as a reader, might have even had more success writing than I have. Good! Comment away and we’ll all help each other! I love books, both reading and writing. I love music of most any kind from Abba to Nirvana. I love my cats, Chinese food, and singing in the shower. I’ll be pretty open that yes, there is an element of self-promotion here.  I suppose I could try and be all self-righteous and deny that, but I don’t see the point.  Besides, that’s not the primary reason for my being here. My primary reason for being here is to connect with other authors, learn from their experiences, and hopefully offer some advice of my own to help other writers that are in the same boat as me.

With that, I send my best wishes to you all, keep writing and never give up.

Remember, “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” was rejected over 100 times before it was ever published. Just think of that the next time you get a rejection notice.

Whatever Holiday you celebrate this time of year, may it be happy, blessed, and merry!

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14 thoughts on “Birth of a New Blog!

  1. Drat, I missed the first comment! Ah well, I’ll take third. =) I thought this was a very well-written and encouraging blog post, just the thing to attract lots of like-minded writers! Best of luck, I’ll be following your career…

  2. Not long ago I deduced that all writers are nuts. While fiction writers are totally nuts, non-fiction writers – essayists, journalists, and the like – are only partially nuts. There are several reasons why essayists like me are thought to be practicing a more socially acceptable form of insanity than – say – urban fantasy writers. When we – essayists – talk to ourselves, we tend to not write it down. If we do write it down, we tend to only record one side of the conversation. If we do script both sides of the conversation, we tend to not show the manuscript to anyone – other than our analyst of course. If we do show others what we’ve written, we attempt to hide the fact that what’s obviously fiction is ours by using a penname. If we do use a literary doppelganger (Are you getting my drift, George?), it’s because we’re totally committed to being fiction writers despite the social and familial shunning such is likely to incur. And the reason we don’t want our next-of-kin or anyone else with a durable power of attorney to know? Quite simply it’s because writing fiction is prima facie evidence that we should be institutionalized.
    Since a goodly number of my relatives already want me locked up, I decided to become an essayist. Since you’re a struggling fiction writer still on the loose, I assume you tend to get along better with your relatives – or they’re humoring you while they gather the necessary cash for a round or two of electroshock therapy. And since you’ve decided to use a penname, I’ll assume you’re harboring some vagueness as to which way the majority of the family will vote.
    Most writers would likely agree there’s a feng shui sort of balance between losing sleep and hearing voices. The only time a writer’s really alone is when they’re deep in a dry spell. If it weren’t that so many of our imaginary friends are really scary buggers, this would all be so cool. On the other hand, some of the world’s best writing has come from authors being bullied ragged by their auditory hallucinations – or so their biographers (essayists all) claim.
    I know some aspects of the way I look at things can be a bit disturbing. If you’d like to talk this over with your ‘special’ friends, you’ll just need to place a few scented candles along the edge of the tub, dump some herbal bath salts into the pool of steaming warmth cascading from the tap, and settle in for a long, satisfying self-conversation. From prior experience I’ve learned it’s best to have some type of noise generating device (a boom-box playing Enya for example) to dissuade the family from eavesdropping, or worse yet, from taping your conversations. Naturally that’s only a concern if you choose, as I often do, to vocalize these little psychodramas.
    In truth, non-fiction’s muses tend to be a bit less ethereal than the ones arguing inside a fiction writer’s head. (The one exception to all this might be poets – so certifiable they’re not even considered real writers.) Still, both types of (real) writers wrestle with the same creative issues. Any manuscript we produce has to hold its internal logic after we, the writers, have disappeared from the page. By that I mean all those little voices we’ve transcribed to the page are going to have to generate an explicable and internally self-supporting world inside the reader’s head – generate that world with nothing more as a guide than the words we’ve allowed to survive multiple edits. And it doesn’t matter what kind of writer one is. Making the story real enough to immerse the reader is always the problem.
    Discussing things like the self-induced nightmare we’ve found ourselves in – now that’s a good reason for a blog I would think. If you’re old and otherwise considered harmless like me, you won’t even need a nom de plume.

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