As I explained before, rather haphazardly, I will not post my actual work on this blog before its time. That means before it’s been published or produced or whatever. But I know that leaves a lot of you wondering, “Damn, is this guy actually writing something or not?” Yes, children, I am.
But I will prove it to you. Sorta. What I’ve decided to do is create a “wordle” each time I finish a chapter or scene or whatever. The above wordle is from the short story I’ve been working on since forever, The Drums. The two most prominent words, “Tati” and “Jacqueline,” are the manin characters’ names, obvs.
This isn’t the first time I’ve posted a wordle on my blog but it has been a while, so if you’re unfamiliar: “Wordle is a toy for generating ‘word clouds’ from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text.”
A few months back, I asked on my Facebook fan page (*cough, cough, join, join*) if anyone would read my work if I posted some of it here on my wonderful little blog. A few people responded affirmatively, and so I hammered away at the keyboard, banged out a couple projects, and readied them to be shared with the world at large.
But a funny thing happened on the way to uploading my work and pressing that “publish” button. I got … scared. Okay, maybe not scared, but somewhat spooked. Really, why was I doing this? Why was I posting my work online? Was it an effort to get feedback? Was it to show those who’ve never read my fiction that, yes, I am somewhat good at this whole storytelling thing?
Was I seeking some sort of validation?
Clearly I was. Then, purely by happenstance, I came across an article by writer/editor Chuck Sambuchino entitled Be (Slightly) Afraid of Posting Your Work Online. Well if this wasn’t an instance of God try’na tell me something.
Chuck’s article was a rebuttal to Jane Friedman’s article advocating posting your work online, and his argument made a hell of a lot of sense to me.
Posted in Cool Story Bro, Writers, writing
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