Saturday, August 26, 2006

The Real Vs the Imaginary

I've been taking this writing class for three weeks now. It has taught me some valuable lessons about idea generating, how to look for markets for those ideas and and how to target the proper editors at those markets. I hope, in the coming weeks, to learn about researching article ideas and slanting query letters appropriately for each market. The process follows a single article idea from inception (this was lesson #1) to querying. The thing I find curious is, I have done hours worth of work on my article so far, but have not written one single word of it.

I suppose there is a good lesson in that, as well. Writing professionally isn't all about writing. It's about marketing and promotion and contracts and all the rest of that boring business stuff.

Being an aspiring novelist is, in contrast, easy--you just write, every day, and keep writing until you make the manuscript into the best book it can be. This takes enough time to keep the business end of things at bay for, well, in my case, 40 years.

Back to work.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Class

My internet class started this week. So far, it hasn't made me that much more busy but I have had to think about the lesson, which took time away from other things I am trying to get done.

I thought it would be a good idea to try to encourage more traffic to my web site, so I started going back to some ExPat boards I used to lurk at when I first moved to England, and I'm surfing some ExPat blogs to see if I can find any worth linking to and posting comments on. It's incredible how much time this takes! I have to wonder about those freelance writers who juggle all those blog-pals and seem to post comments everywhere, then I have to remind myself that they have NINE EXTRA HOURS in the day that I don't have.

Of note: while posting to these blog/forums and linking to my web site in my profiles, I happened to notice that the huge, front page banner on my website has had 'Britain' misspelled since I first put it up in November of 2003. I'm not surprised I didn't notice, but you'd think someone else would have written in to complain.