Being a writer in the new era.

I have been brainstorming ideas for achieving acknowledgement as a writer in the current environment of 6 second movies and 140 character memoirs. Whatever you do – don’t Google what to do to become a successful writer. Not only do you feel more than a little dirty afterwards, but Facebook won’t let you read 3 posts without trying to sell you something to “Get Famous as a Writer in Just 3 Minutes a Day.”

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I have been toying with the idea of doing a podfic. This is where you, or preferably a local voice actor, reads your book in easily digestible increments; sort of a cross between an audio book and Welcome to Night Vale. This has some significant pros and cons. The pros, of course, include growing an audience that would enjoy your writing and, hopefully, your book, and gaining the attention of a publisher or publishing house. Not being able to publish an already released book and the cost of all the microphones and the tech requirements needed to start are just a few of the significant cons of this plan.

Writing is my passion. I hope to some day see my books in the hands of some person on the street. That being said, the constant cycle of write, edit, rewrite, query, query, queryX3 is disheartening, and more than a little overwhelming. Because it is my passion, I’m not going to give up. There are only 75 days until NaNoWriMo. I met a lot of great writers, and made some good contacts through the FREE writing contest. I’m hoping to fast draft a book I’ve been cooking up over the Summer. NaNoWriMo was a little crazy last year. I was newly engaged, and working a lot. This year I am going to pace myself, and try to use my time effectively. I finished 50,000 in 14 days last time, but it about killed me.  Sometimes I have to remind myself  to continue writing like it’s a matter of life or death, because it is.

 

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