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Goals? Whowhatnow?

Posted by Westenra on October 9, 2008

So I was discussing this project with some friends of mine, the whole publishing fiction online-on-blog thing, and whether it’s a good/bad idea, and one of them said it really depends what your goals are. And I realized: I don’t have goals for this. So I thought I’d figure out what my goals ARE and write a post about them. So here we go.

(I warn you in advance: this post is going to ramble. Mostly I am writing it for me, because I think best by writing. But I do want you to keep reading anyway. It will give you insight into my psyche. Partly because apparently it is going to take the form of a conversation between me and some inner critic. I think her name is Sheila. Who knew?)

Goal 1: To have people read my fiction.

Why? For feedback, should anyone care to give it. I guess. Why do you want an audience for your unpolished writing? Cuz that’s what it’s going to be. Unpolished. Well, I need to get over my fear of publishing, because that fear is keeping me from finishing, so this is getting me around that. If I publish before I’m finished, fear of publishing won’t prevent me from finishing, right? Sure, honey. And how are you going to get people to read your fiction instead of someone else’s? Uhhh… write well? Publicize the blog the same way I’ve published my previous blogs, draw in readers… blah blah. I don’t know stop asking me hard questions!

Goal 2: Create an online space in which I can be a Writer.

So what was wrong with the previous online spaces you had going on, Westenra? I don’t know. I just felt like I wanted to start with a clean slate, start again so nobody would have any preconceptions about me or my writing. Frankly some of the friends and people reading my other blog would hate my writing. Somehow I feel like that would equate to hating me. So when readers here critique you you’re going to take it personally, is that what you’re saying? I’m going to try not to, but I make no promises. The difference is the readers here aren’t my mother and my coworkers and my best friends. Anonymity for the win.

Goal 3: Meet other writers who are like me.

There’s nobody quite like you, Westie. Uhm, thanks, Sheila. I mean other writers who are more interested in the craft, in the writing, than in producing the next Stephen King bestseller. Other writers who are doing it for love and not money.

Wow. That helped a lot. My brain is a lot clearer now on what I want out of this blog. I am ready to go forth and conquer the world!

*charges out of the room*


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Welcome to the Wonderful World of Westenra

Posted by Westenra on October 6, 2008

I now officially have enough ‘W’s on this page to capsize a small boat. But nevermind.

Welcome! This is the first day of the rest of my life.

I’ve blogged before (couple years now, kinda lost track) but I’m beginning again with a new nom de plume, because this blog has a new purpose. I want to write about writing, which I’ve done before, and write about me, which I’ve done before, and write. My intention is for this blog to be a mish-mash of fiction and non-fiction as I hone my writing to a sharp and dangerous point. Bwa ha.

I am not telling anyone about this blog, not my RL friends or my other blogging buddies–I truly want to start fresh. This means my blog traffic is going to be low. Possibly non-existent. Whatevs. Hello, void! However, if you’ve managed to stumble upon me, however you’ve managed to stumble upon me, I’m glad you did and I hope you enjoy your visit.

Comments are always welcome. =)

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