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Writing: Why I Haven’t, And Won’t, Post My Work On My Blog

An intentionally blurry photo of a page from a story I'm working on.

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.

God is try'na tell you 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.

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Writing: 10 Ways to Become a Better Writer by Haniel Dela Cruz


Haniel Dela Cruz is a self-proclaimed bookaholic. In other words, he loves books. Duh. His blog, Confessions of a Bookaholic, celebrates the written word with reviews, quotes and pictures, and even includes a pledge to “read the printed word.” (“Printed” being the objective word; it’s implied that, like me, Haniel would much rather read a printed copy of The Hunger Games as opposed to a digital version on an eReader.)

In an effort to ensure literary greatness prevails no matter the format in which it’s read, Haniel created a list of tips he feels may help one improve upon their craft. He says:

I’ve been searching the Internet for ideas and tips on how to become a better writer. I’ve compiled ten (from different websites) and I thought they might be of help for some other writers out there.

You may read his tips below.

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ScriptGirl Report 2-6-09

Is there something about my personality that would lead people to think I would create an online female character? One complete with personality, history, and photographs? I know I’m a fucking fantastic writer with a near godlike ability to create memorable  and engaging characters, but please.

So recently, on Teh Twitter, a friend asked me about ScriptGirl: Everytime i read your blog I wonder who Script Girl is. so like who is she? lol.

I explained who SG was, how the videos came about, and how they’ve become enormously popular, especially amongst the horny film geek set. (Sorry, K, but it’s true, haha!) Anyway, my friend replied thusly:

ahhhh okay! I didnt know if she was a made up character of yours and you borrowed a pic online lol

“Made up character,” what? Of course, this isn’t the first time that I’ve been accused of such a thing — if you were on the Wodie board when it was fun, you may remember the legendary “AaliyahFan” debacle. Thankfully, due to the sexual procivities of other, less-than-discreet board members, the myth that I was posting as  “AaliyahFan” was debunked.

So, now that we all know the truth, we can all check out my online character, um, I mean, SG’s latest video after the jump.

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No, I Haven’t Been Updating My Blog Lately

What can I say? Life happens. It’s the holidays. People get busy. I know I’m busy. Are you busy?

Quick update: new gig. Yeah, the “freelance” lifestyle I was living had to end, as all good things must. A brother needed some steady income, haha! The upside is, I’m working with some cool people, the atmosphere is Lebowski laid-back, I probably work 6 hours a day, got benefits and shit, and the money is fanfuckingtastic. Best of all, I’m still able to pursue my pursuits, which suits me just fine.

As most people say around this time, changes will come with the New Year. No, for seriously. I’m not telling you what they are just yet. Wait and see. I’m sure you’ll be interested.

By the way, the picture of Jay-Z and Beyonce have nothing to do with anything. Their shared look of disgust simply makes me laugh.

Okay, so that’s it. Bye.

I’m Feeling Positive and Fruitful

My horoscope for today says: “If you are in a profession dealing with words, ideas, or communications, this is a very positive and fruitful time for you.”

No wonder I feel so good about my NaNoWriMo novel and screenplay. 🙂

That’s all. Okay, bye!

The Week in Cool 11-2-08

Though I promised more, I still gave less this week. For that, I apologize. It’s been insane, just like the Huck Gee Dunny (see right). So much has been happening for me recently, I’ve been neglecting y’all. But the stuff I did post about:

Halloween was fucked for me, so there are no pics, even though I did wear my costume all day. Ah well. Feeling good since I’ve started my NaNoWriMo project and I’m still working on the latest script, which I’ve been procrastinating on. Shout out to the W!ldbrain crew, oh, and make sure you get your asses out and vote, motherfuckers! Holler!

Oh yeah, Twitter is cool!

It’s NaNoWriMo, Bitches!

That’s right, today, November 1st, 2008, is the first day of National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for those connoisseurs of syllabic abbreviation.

But what exactly is NaNoWriMo, you ask? It’s a “guerilla novel writing” initiative, one to help motivate lazy people such as myself to sit down and hammer out that idea for a book that we’ll start “one day.” As their website says, “NaNoWriMo is all about the magical power of deadlines. Give someone a goal and a goal-minded community and miracles are bound to happen.”

The idea is to write a 50k-word novel from scratch in a month’s time. Because if you’re limited on time, you’ll focus on cranking that book out rather than on endless self-editing.

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