Monday, August 4, 2008

Writing about Me

A while back, Eli over at Novelr wrote an article saying that web writers need to build community among their readers. He said the only way to get readers talking is to talk to them. One way to talk to readers is through a writing blog.

In the back of my head, I thought, "Gee, I have a writing blog. Haven't done much with it, but even so, readers have come by to check it out and leave comments. Maybe I should try doing something more with it." Then I felt guilty because I've thought this before. I've thought that I should update this blog more often, I thought I'd written a post saying just that (but now can't find it) and if you look at the archives, you'll see that hasn't happened. I've barely posted once a month.

I've been too formal or stand-offish with my entries here. I've usually been reporting things from other sources, not discussing my writing. I didn't think anyone would want to read posts about me moaning that I don't wanna work on UB, but maybe I should talk about my writing a bit more. Here's an example: During edits of chapter 53 of UB, I couldn't think of a word and trying to think of it sucked up twenty minutes (or possibly more, though I don't want to admit it) trying to Google the word. It was a sort of carrying bottle (And aw hell, it JUST CAME TO ME) and I didn't have any luck finding it, and it drove me crazy. What was I trying to think of? Wineskin. That's what I wanted Naomi to carry when going to the special god spring, but I COULDN'T THINK OF THE DAMN WORD. So it became a jug with a carrying strap, which do exist, but it wasn't what I was picturing, and I can't believe the word just came to me. I was driving myself crazy. Googling antique water bottles, and looking at wikipedia's entry for drinking vessels. I knew wine could be carried in it so I looked at stuff dealing with wine too. I thought for a second that I wanted canteen but that wasn't right. I looked at Rider-Waite Tarot cards because I thought it could be on one of them, and yeah, that was getting a little off course, and I didn't see it on any of them anyway. I needed a search engine where I could've drawn what I wanted, and they spit back the word because I knew what a wineskin looked like but couldn't remember the name. Now I have the word, but don't know if I want to change it. Bother.

So yeah, I'll try to write more entries here about stuff like that. My process or whatever you want to call it.

I also made the feed for this site appear on UB so readers can check it out if they want.

Really, I should write a post here every week about the most recent update and link to it from the chapter, but I'm scared to commit to something like that. We'll see. For now, I'll try really hard to write more posts here about just what I'm doing in general like I'm working on the Lulu edition of Scary Mary. I'm in the middle of chapter 8 of that. So a little over halfway through. I really want to pick up the pace with that.

And this post is much longer than I intended. See this is what happens when you let a writer talk about herself. You get WAY more than you bargained for. If you want to complain to anyone, go to Eli.


Eli James said...

That was actually a pretty enjoyable read, Windvein. =) Wineskin.


Windvein said...

Look, look! Check out the top of the page and the address bar! I'm slowly moving away from the online handle. I'm sure everyone will feel much more comfortable referring to me by my author name.