Me and I had a talk with Myself recently.
Well, okay… so I talk to myself all the time. And since this blog has moved and I’m in the process of building up posts and writing for publication and working on my craft and supporting fellow writers and pulling my imagination to heel and structure all of it into a readable story…
… it seems much of the only talking – that is, coherent talking that’s not why the dirt in my back yard appears to be eroding down into the ravine/ landfill beyond —
— is inside my head.
So, in the interest of open sharing – because sharing IS caring – here’s one of the many authorly lessons I’m trying to incorporate into my life and blog at this time. If you’re a writer, you’ll understand.
If you’re not, well, just pretend to understand in the interest of one small step for mankind towards world harmony.
<“Ah… I see you’ve plumbed the depths of your imagination. Blogging about blogging. Nice.”
“Hey now – if you’re not happy with it, why don’t you get a life? So’s you have something TO blog about.
Seems to me all you do is sit at the computer and read posts about writing, search engine optimization, >
and why 9month pregnant Jessica Simpson is crazy to wear those platform stilettos .”
<“I have a life. Well, sorta….”
<“No, really. Yesterday I did boot camp after I dropped off Fins, and then I had a freak out moment —
“Moment? Hello? Miss Denial? “>
<“Okay, so it was more like a whole day. A freak out Day – happy now? But I did a lot of thinking and planning, and today I did something productive.”
“Oh yeah? Something productive out of yesterday’s Big Think?”
“Well, no, nothing out of yesterday’s Big Think – yet. But I did go buy some deodorant that smells pretty — blueberry and acai. What the hell’s an acai anyway? You ever see an acai in the produce section?”
“Hello! Shiny Chicken — Let’s get back on track.Big Think. Productive – remember?” >
<“Oh. Right. Well, I did do some thinking about goals and stuff. About how I need to write more freely. Be audacious. Open up and share more with the Universe… You know, build my Brand.”
“Your Brand? What exactly is this ‘Brand’? “>
<“You know – what readers expect to see. Just like yesterday… okay, so I was sitting on Facebook a good part of the day – when I wasn’t freaking out. But this ad kept following me from page to page – Walmart.”
“Ha! As in … People of –? You about to appear in an upcoming episode of People of Walmart?!”>
<“Now who’s holding the Shiny Chicken?”
“Sorry. Go on.”>
<A Brand is what people expect to read or see when they tune in to your blog, or your page, or your site, you know? Like … Wait… were you playing Words With Friends just now?”
<“While I’m trying to expound on something seriously related to my author career here?”
” Hurry up and get to the point. All you’re doing now is procrastinating with your particular brand of crazy.”>
<“Golly! I hate when you do that! Just because I’m writing down the voices inside my head doesn’t mean I have a particular brand of … DAYUM! I have a Brand!”
“Boom! And that’s the sound of Knowledge being dropped before your very eyes.” >
<“Shut up and get back to work.”
And just so your time here wasn’t a complete and total loss, I offer:
http://writetodone.com/ In which Jim Kukral tells indies how to market the heck out of their book.
https://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/ In which Kristen Lamb expounds on Voice, the Key to Literary Magic.
http://petitfoursandhottamales.com/ The Auction by Darcy Crowder – are your dreams still in sight?
Thank you for reading and following!