Over the past 8 months or so, I’ve written more than 150 articles about writing careers for Examiner.com.
It’s been tons of fun. Writing my Examiner.com articles leads me to folks I wouldn’t have access to otherwise. But it can’t compete with the satisfaction I get from teaching and writing about Tools & Tactics for Creative Writers.
So, I’m taking a brief break from the Examiner for a little reflection—a necessary and enjoyable indulgence for us writers.
I’ve been thinking about this blog—mostly about what to reveal. This space is different from my Examiner space, which is entirely about its readers, not about me. With only one or two exceptions, I always write in the third person there.
This blog is different, too, from my creative writing blog. As Simmons is both my alma mater and my former employer, discretion is the better part of valor for me there.
Here, I’ll share what I’ve been wanting to for a while: honest writing. And it won’t all have the happy endings that the mainstream magazines require no matter how dire the story.
I’ll post my published work, my not-yet-published work, and my (thankfully few) rejected works, and offer some ideas about why I think those pieces were rejected.
Finally, I’ll write about my favorite writers and the thinkers I try to learn from. My debt to them is as gigantic as their art and their minds are. I’ll never succeed in emulating them, but I’m glad they’ve taken up residence in my mind.