Belated Reflections on A to Z challenge 2015

Well, the instructions for the Reflections List said to post by Friday the 8th, but the list is still open so I’m sneaking in. 😉

This is my fifth time in the A to Z challenge, but I do feel like it was something of a new beginning because I was launching the new author blog. It was definitely a great impetus to post nearly every day, and to go visit lots of other writing bloggers. I’m pleased with the 26 things I shared in April.

I’m still not quite sure what I’m going to do with my author blog in the months to come, but I hope you’ll drop by and take a look for yourself.

A is for Author Blog

Hi, everybody! Welcome to my brand new author blog. Today is the first day of the 2015 A to Z challenge, so for A I’d like to talk a bit about what it means for me that this is another blog.

I blogged over at The Kelworth Files for maybe four and a half years, and I may go back and post there once I’ve got the new blog going. I had a lot of fun with that blog, talking about electronics and analyzing movie structure and sharing snippets and mostly just talking about writing.

But back in December, I came across something in a Holly Lisle How to Think Sideways lesson which made me rethink my approach to blogging. Basically, Holly said that like a lot of writers, she blogged a lot about the ups and downs of writing when she was getting started as a blogging writer, about how to write, about how tough it can be to write sometimes, about how to make your stories work. And so, the people who tended to stick around and keep reading her blog were fellow authors and writers. And she discovered that fellow authors and writers going through the same tribulations were not necessarily the best people to try to sell her stories to.

Fortunately for Holly, when she needed to keep earning money, she was able to launch some pretty cool writing courses and sell them to other writers. Check ’em out, they’re pretty cool.

Now, I don’t have a book that I’m selling yet. I don’t even have stories out in magazines that I can promote and say “Go check out such-and-such issue of this nifty magazine, I’ve got a great story in it this month!” But I do think I’m at the point where it makes sense to have a blog that is targeted to people who could become my readers, in a somewhat abstract way. What does this mean?

Here, on my author blog:

  1. I’m going to talk about the stories I’ve already come up with that I truly love.
  2. I’m going to talk about the kind of thing I love to write about.
  3. I will share snippets of my stories.

I may talk about other people’s stories that I love, and why I love them. I’m not going to talk about the process or the angst of being a writer, and I’m not going to go off-topic and blog about other stuff I love like electronics or music unless I can figure out some way to tie it into a story I’ve written.

So, welcome! Hopefully over the next month I’ll be putting up some good posts to help you figure out if you’re the reader I’m looking for.