"Blog Entry Two"
by, 02-14-2012 at 02:42 PM (217 Views)
The title of my first blog entry was "Today I write". Unfortunately, that wasn't the case. It should have been more adeptly titled "This week I will spend hours upon hours reading 'how to guides' and tutorials". If someone would have said 'Smashwords' to me last week I would have probably given them a tissue. The last seven-days have been a steep learning curve and to rectify my first mistake, allow me to introduce "Blog Entry Two".
I was always one of "those" children, my attention span was limited to about a week in anything; karate, scouts, CB radio operator, anything. It is a trait I have carried through into adulthood with me. It would appear, however, that this writing malarkey may have finally broken the pattern. It has transgressed from being a five-minute fad to something which I am actively taking proactive steps to achieve something in (for me, that is a big deal).
So what are these proactive steps? Well, 'twitter' has been a mini-revelation for me this week, before then I followed a few "famous" people and I didn't really appreciate the website. No Longer. I undertook a mass operation to follow as many people from the literary world as possible. Sinister (I may actually one day write a book and want to make some money) motives aside, it has provided me with the unexpected benefit of reading 'tweets' from people I genuinely find interesting and long may it continue.
I also purchased a whiteboard in the hope of organising my thoughts and turning them in to a decipherable plot. As you may know it is 'Valentine's Day' today, so any notions of plot organisation have been set aside and instead a big red love heart and a few kisses take up the space. I know, I know, I'm an old romantic (I just hope I didn't use a permanent marker).
I have also discovered a few new websites, notably, 'Goodreads' and 'Smashwords'. If you haven't heard of them 'Smashwords' is essentially an online store which gives readers the opportunity to buy 'EBooks' at a low cost and, in turn, gives authors the opportunity to have work distributed to their website as well as third party stores. 'Goodreads' looks and feels a little like 'Facebook' did a few years ago. It is possible to review and talk about literature in an environment where you are safe in the knowledge that you won't be pestered in to 'liking' pictures of second cousin Jimmy's new odd looking baby!
I guess it's time for me to embark on my second week as a writer. My aim this time is to actually write something down! I hope that my next blog entry will be titled "last week I wrote two chapters and finished work on my storyboard" But in reality we may be looking at "I just got 500 followers on twitter" or simply "Blog Entry Three".