Introduction

I…am an aspiring novelist – something my family was surprised about when I told them. I kept that part of myself hidden for a very long time for a very dumb reason, but I’ll speak more on that in later posts.

I’ve been thinking about doing a blog specifically about writing for awhile. It never really felt right talking about writing on my craft blog (which is nearly three years (!) old – where does the time go?), so here we are.

What I had envisioned here was recording a series of rules for writing (my writing specifically – though you’re welcome to borrow them for your own) based on what I’d seen -or not seen- in other works that I was determined to do -or not do; whatever the case may be- in my own writing. I also decided that I wasn’t going to name those works unless I was saying something positive. I’m sure that when an author makes a mistake, they know it, and personally I would be upset if someone else was constantly reminding me that I messed up in such a public, permanent way. I don’t want to be negative and critical – I want to be positive and helpful and uplifting. So, when I say “Get your timeline straight” (Rule #1, by the way), I’m not talking about you – I’m saying “Stacy, get your timeline straight for-crying-out-loud or you’ll never live it down!” (This is really all about me remember?)

My fear, of course, is that someday, something I say here will come back to me. “Haha!” you’ll say, “You broke rule # 127! Hypocrite!” And I hope that when that happens (not if, when) I will have the courage to say, “Yes, I did – for I am human and therefore imperfect. Shall we move on?” (Currently, I have a hard time admitting such things but I’m working on it)

Also, I want to talk about specifics of my own writing – projects I’m working on and word counts and strategies and goals. And then writing in general (because it’s my blog and I’ll do what I like). I’m feeling a little like a writing geek already.

Writing is hard work. There’s a lot of thought and consideration required before you can even start writing. There are a lot of pieces to put together while you’re writing to tell a coherent, interesting story. Sometimes (only sometimes), it’s not very much fun, but the rest of the time it’s a blast. I can look back at what I’ve written and smile and laugh – not because it’s embarrassing and terrible, but because it’s funny and awesome. That hasn’t always been the case.

I’ve found more satisfaction and joy in writing than I have in any other interest I’ve pursued in my thirty years of life – which is saying something because I’ve pursued a lot of things.

So here it is – Stacy’s Writing Rules. I hope you’ll come back again to see where this goes. Stay tuned for a trip down memory lane…

Cheers.