This Blog Has a Raison

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No, not shrivelled up grape. As in raison d’etre. Excuse the lack of proper French accents, I’m writing on the fly here.

Okay, so I think it’s only fitting that if I’ve found my reason for being, it would be important for my blog to find it’s reason as well.

I’ve decided that this blog will chronicle my journey, my quest to become what I’ve always wanted to be. Because it’s always kind of cool to look back on things, some time in the future, shake your head and say “I can’t believe I was so naive!”, because I love looking back and seeing how truly stupid I was. It gives Present Me a sense of superiority over Past Me.

But mostly, I’d like to teach people as well. For those who want to set out on the same path I’m starting out on now, maybe I can make it a little easier for you, having trampled the grass a bit and cut down some branches out of your way. Maybe I can help you see your way through the forest, because right now, I’m standing at the edge of it and it feels like there’s no path and it’s thick and dense with trees and I have absolutely no idea where to go. At this point, I’d really love for someone to take me by the hand and just tell me what to do.

There’s so much clutter out there, so much noise, it’s hard to know who to listen to. The writing industry is big. Yes, I know you know that, but what I mean is that there are so many people out there who want to be writers and write the next best seller. And there are those who prey upon that desire.

Not to say that there aren’t legitimate people out there who want to help, but everywhere you turn, somebody wants to sell you a book, a service, a video, a machine, a dog – that will make you a world famous author. And I mean, do you really need all that stuff? Well, maybe the dog. But is it possible to make it, without spending hundreds, possibly thousands of dollars on all that stuff? Well, I’m going to try. My goal is to get my book off the ground without spending a ton o’ cash. Ideally, none. Possible? We’ll see.

So here’s my promise to you: If you’re like me and you’re discovering that you too want to be a writer when you grow up, I promise to teach you everything I know. You’ll know what I know and I’ll give you every trick I pick up along the way. You’ll see everything I’m doing and I’ll tell you what works and what doesn’t work, so you don’t make the same mistakes I do. I’m here to be your friend, your guide, may be even one day a kind of mentor. I promise to help you out as best as I can by documenting what I’ve learned, in this blog.

Why? Because the path of a writer is a hard, long and very lonely road. You need every ally you can possibly find. You’ll have naysayers who tell you, you won’t make it. Or ask you why do you want to write about what you’re writing about? What you’re doing is a waste of time. You’ll have people who will take a copy of your work, promise to read it, then put it to the side, never to open it. When you ask for feedback, you’ll have people who give your work a cursory glance, tell you it’s good, to shut you up, then put it down half read. And these are the people who are closest to you. Yes, your friends, your family – your loved ones. 

But I’m here to tell you that you can do it! If being a writer is what you really want to be, then don’t let anything stop you. Despite the obstacles, if you want it badly enough, keep going, keep reaching, keep digging. Don’t let anything stop you. Because this is worth fighting for. And you can have it – if you want it badly enough.

I know I do.