53 minutes ago
02 November 2009
A Signature Start
First of all, I have GREAT news! I just found out that a magazine will publish one of my short stories! I'm so excited! This is also very ironic because I rarely write short stories. I'll let you know when it happens. It'll be sometime next spring. For now, WOOHHOOOO!!! Please celebrate with me! It's been so long since I last saw my name in print. Now I have three pieces "in waiting" for the first time in years (a nonfiction article and two short stories--I know, the irony). Now if only I could get someone to fall in love with my novel...
While searching through hundreds of blog layouts for one with just the right amount of bright colors, I noticed something interesting. As I googled random sites and scrolled through pages of possibilities, I recognized certain layouts. "I can't use that one," I shook my head, "It's so-and-so's blog." Instantly, mental images of your blogs and your posts came to mind. I could hear your voices--amongst all the others I usually hear! Many of you have become so "signature" in my mind that a simple template makes me remember what you've written. Good for you!
Does anyone else find this blogging thing hard? Besides the time element, there's the need to be creative and be ourselves at the same time. Sometimes I think through a list of topics before arriving at the right one, because the others have been covered recently--and discussed so well that I don't want to repeat the topic so soon. It's hard to be consistently unique.
But each week, we do it. We look at our world and use examples from our lives. We write and use that in our posts. We contemplate current events and discuss them--and their impact on our writing as well. It's fun. It takes a lot of time. Sometimes we're able to write ahead of schedule and sometimes it's a last minute post. Either way, our marks are all over them.
It's the same with our books. Just as our individual blogs can be recognized by a single color or phrase, so our stories can as well. Our voices are so unique that we can tackle similar issues in different ways and come out with completely creative manuscripts. Just as there is room for us in Blogdom, so there's room for us in the industry. Despite discouraging rumors of agencies and publishers being closed to unknowns, pre-published authors are still getting those phone calls, signing those contracts, and starting that huge process. Even the economy can't completely block us out.
The trick is to be ourselves. To write what we love and feel the most passionate about, the stories we are charged to share. And then stepping out on courage by offering them to the world. We need to believe that there is space for us too.
On Wednesday we'll talk more about our unique signatures!
As you can see, there have been some big changes on this blog! A new layout, a new posting schedule, and the official "I'm very cool because I'm a member of ACFW" box. That's right--I'm a member now! Woohoo! I'm very excited.
The biggest change for y'all is that I'm adding an extra day. Starting this week, I'm going to post on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Every other Friday will still be a book feature, the other days will be something else fun. I hope you like it!
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