Write of Way #1 – Admitting You Have A Problem
Admitting you have a problem is the first step to finding a solution. If you’re reading this, then you probably have a problem, and a rather particular one at that.
You know the problem I’m talking about. Think about it right now.
No! Not that one.
There you go, that one.
Writing. Hell of a bad habit, isn’t it? At its worst it can be tireless, thankless, and lonely. In fact, it can be so bad that any sensible individual would take one look at it and decide their time is better spent doing something less painful. Like jamming forks into electrical outlets or walking barefoot on legos.
But you’re not one of those individuals, are you? I mean, you’re still reading this. That means you’re one of the hopelessly doomed fools courageous few who watched writing rear its ugly head, watched it tower over you with promises of crippling doubt and crushed dreams, and laughed. Right back in its bastard face.
You’re a writer and we’re a determined lot. Half-mad too, perhaps, but that just makes for better fiction.
You’re a writer, but you don’t have to go it alone. And that, two-hundred arguably unneeded words into this blog post, is why I’ve created the “Write of Way” series. To enable this terrible choice you made! You can thank me later.
But let’s get a little more specific than that. What exactly can you expect from this series?
1. Bad jokes
Look, I’m just being honest with you. I really can’t help myself. You have been warned.
2. Brief, but informative, bi-monthly posts
You’re busy. I get that. As such, this series will always aim to keep posts short. Think of it as your bi-monthly dose of reassurance that this terrible choice you made is actually something you can succeed at.
3. A wide range of topics discussed in an easy-to-read manner
From why you should write short stories to how you can use rebellious grammar to your advantage, we’ll cover it all.
So there it is, “Write of Way” in a nutshell. Does that sound good? Can I be your companion on this long, painful, insane journey we call writing?
Oh, actually, I should probably tell you who I am before you just start taking my advice. That way you’ll know who to blame when your writing career goes down in a fiery blaze of glory.
Put simply, I’m A.Z. Anthony. You may know me for my genre warping fiction that crashes global markets, or maybe my humility. Either way, I’ve written short stories that have won awards and a few more that haven’t. My debut novel Servant of Rage releases this April, with books two and three due in Summer and Fall 2018, respectively. I was also handpicked to study creative writing under Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Olen Butler and make my living as a ghostwriter. You could say I’m a big deal, but you probably shouldn’t (my ego doesn’t need any encouragement).
So there you have it. Brief, bi-monthly blog posts on writing as presented by me. If all that sounds good to you, then please print this page, sign it in green ink, and burn it in your standard issue sacrificial fire. I’ll take care of the rest!
If y’all don’t know me, I love chatting with writers about writing and all of our other bad habits. I’m always going to ask for your thoughts after these posts, and believe me, I really do want them. Feel free to respond here, or on Twitter (@GrindarkGuy, @thefantasyhive).
So what did y’all think of this first post? Are you excited for more? I have a wide variety of topics planned for the future, but is there anything specific you’d like me to write about?