”The World Of Writing”

You may have heard that a super-wealthy (it is said currently the world’s richest man), South African-born, marketer and CEO has bought the Twitter social media platform. Whether his ownership will improve it or not is naturally leading to lots of debate. But I don’t really care who owns it because I gave up on Twitter ages ago.

Many other writers are still on it, of course. I have not been through their “#writingcommunity” hashtag in a while…

[Potton, England, May 12, 2022. Photo by me. From my Instagram Stories.]

…so as I continue to recover from our return flight here to England on Tuesday into Wednesday, I thought I’d have some fun and have a scroll for the first time in several months at what some of them are talking about:

Non-existent.

(If you don’t know, after 10 years of near-constant writing that resulted in six novels and 2 short stories – the latter two are free (forever) on this site at a link above – I am a bit weary and taking a ”sabbatical.” I want to read more of what some others are writing and take a breather and recharge. So I expect there will be nothing new – that is major – for at least 2 years. I feel those novels and stories are more than enough ”current content” to keep readers busy for a while. LOL!)

I suppose so… although writers are not supposed to care about what they look like. LOL!

Dreams? No.

Random ideas? No.

Writing prompts? A novel? Uh, no.

They come from what I want to say and are rooted in what I know and hope I know and are hopefully composed in a way I hope will grab and entertain readers.

I’m sorry, but I stopped reading at “beta reader.”

I don’t care how many other authors use them, I feel the “beta” reader concept is not a good one. They are merely a few self-chosen people’s opinions… and everyone out there has a different opinion. A book has only my name on it, so I am not “incorporating” random observations from strangers; writing it is not ”group participation.”

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Also, while I am not saying this will happen to you, the more people who see your manuscript – especially other writers, and honestly how well do you know them if they are just people you “met” via the internet – frankly the more likely you are to find that work perhaps plagiarized or stolen. Better to keep the number of people who see it pre-publication to a minimum.

The only thing I would recommend is a writer have a trusted proofreader or two and an editor.

As I have said before, you can repeat that mantra a gazillion times… until suddenly you encounter the writer who sees YOU as their competition and things turn ugly.

Because it happens more than you think.

That does not mean trust no one, just don’t be naïve.

I never make a novel free. I believe that doing so is unfair to those who paid (and will pay) for it. So my (even potential) readers know in advance that what they paid their hard-earned money for – and hopefully enjoyed or will enjoy – will not just be ”given away” to others.

I write much of the time without a title… until one hits me. There is no real ”process” to coming up with a title. It is usually arrived at thanks to a line within the novel that somehow to my mind encapsulates the tale – and that then becomes its title.

Example: Conventions: The Garden At Paris. The word “Conventions” there applies to the U.S. Constitutional “Convention” of 1787, the French Revolutionary “Convention” of 1792, and “conventions” in the general definitional sense of life rules and norms that we are told we must follow.

Then there is ”The Garden At Paris.” That comes from a line in a real historical letter from a woman about a romantic meeting in a Paris garden. I use it also as something of a sarcastic take at what was also a Paris that was then also an extremely violent place.

And thus a title was born.

Following my late uncle’s approach, I don’t read reviews. I believe they are meant for other readers (or potential ones). They are not for me.

Seeing poor reviews can dent one’s writing confidence – and perhaps wrongly so. (A poor reviewer can be “wrong.” And another writers’ rule: Never take issue publicly with a poor review or “question” that reviewer. NEVER.) And seeing good reviews can give you an undeservedly big head.

Better to stay out of it all and let readers “talk” to each other about your books.

Currently, your tweet.

Do I keep physical books?

Do I keep physical books?

Do I keep physical books?

[Some books over the in the Catskills. Photo by me, September 2019.]
[A couple of my Catskills bookshelves. Photo by me, 2019.]

Those are just a few shelves from our former place in the Catskills in upstate New York.

All of those books are now on a container ship, heading here for England.

LOL!

Yes. They are “classics” for a very good reason: they are highly-regarded writing that has been well-thought of for a long time. You will learn lots from them.

They are not children. Otherwise, I am not sure why “main characters’” ages matter.

To finish.

Hmm, starting a blog? There’s an idea? I’ll give it some thought.

LOL!

Have a good weekend, wherever you are in the world. 🙂