Because I like to write, for years people have been telling me to start a blog. I’ve always shut down the idea because 1) Nonfiction is not my cup of tea and 2) Being the type A personality that I can sometimes be, I don’t like the idea of starting a blog without a theme. And since I don’t have any particular parenting/cooking/decorating talent or advice, I always thought my blogging would be sort of pointless. And even a blog on writing didn’t sound particularly appealing. I mean, who is going to take writing advice from an unpublished 40-something?
And then I sort of missed the whole blogging window because now everyone and their brother has a blog that I’m pretty sure are being read only by their moms and a few close friends. It felt kind of pointless to jump on a bandwagon that was long gone.
But … last week I had an idea. I don’t know if anyone else does this (please, please let someone else do this – not just weirdo me), but I sometimes interview myself. Particularly in the car on my way home from work. I pretend I’m a successful published author and I ask myself questions about how I got where I am, what was my path to publication, etc. I guess these goofy interviews are my way of putting my dream future out to the universe. If anyone ever sees me driving down the highway talking to myself ... don't just assume I'm singing along with the radio. Anyway, now that I am actually in the process of once again trying to find an agent for my newest manuscript I thought it might be interesting to actually document the process real time – the successes, the failures, and the missteps. If I were a young writer, or a writer who doesn’t yet know much about the publishing industry, I think I’d find something like this fascinating. And someday, if I am ever actually interviewed by a real person and not just myself, I’ll have something to refer to when my memory fails. So this will be like my writing diary of sorts.
Interspersed with the real time stuff, I’ll go back and talk about the last 25 years of my writing (and occasionally trying to get published) so that people can learn from my mistakes and hopefully down the road, my successes.
And if no one reads it at all that's okay because, like I said, this will be like a diary for me. It's something I want to do regardless of whether I have an audience or not. Just like all of the other writing I've done in my life. Well, besides writing fanfic. I had an audience for that. But we'll talk about that later...
So … that’s the theme to this blog: Wendy Brant’s rocky road to publication. I hope it has a happy ending and we’ll see one of my books in print before too long.
Want to come along with me for the ride?