Bet you guys thought I fell off the planet, eh?
Nope. I have simply been too busy to blog. Even my friends on Facebook have noticed I’ve been less vocal of late. But I’ve got a few minutes of downtime, so I thought I would catch you all up with what’s been going on.
I’m Working…A LOT
I have several clients which are keeping me very busy. This is a good thing, since for the most part, they all pay a fair wage, and I enjoy the topics. It’s not all moonlight and roses, but it’s not thunderstorm and daisies, either.
Okay, I actually like thunderstorms and daisies, so that wasn’t a fair assessment, but you get my point.
I’m Working on the house…A LOT
We’ve ripped up five rooms of carpet, stained five floors and now we’re laying time. Eventually I am going to tackle the upside down fruit wall paper in my kitchen…just as soon as I can bring myself to look at it long enough and measure.
Yes, I said upside down fruit wallpaper. And not just any fruits…we’re talking pineapples. mangoes. Grapes.
Yeah, it’s bad!
But it’s starting to come together. Slowly, but surely.
I Went back to school. Again.
I bit the bullet and started my PhD program. I’m studying E-learning and Instructional Design. I think I’ve lost my mind.
Check that, I know I’ve lost my mind. But it’s a means to an end, and I’m sure once it’s all over, I’ll be glad I did it.
At least that’s what I keep telling myself.
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I might have some good news to post here, but I don’t want to jinx myself, so I won’t say what it is about.
And that, ladies and gents, is what I have been up to. But I do want to leave you with one pearl of wisdom before I delve back into work. Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of articles and blog posts on how to become a writer. The information has been interesting, but frankly, unnecessary. You don’t need a 2,000 word blog post to tell someone how to be a writer. I can do it in less that 100 words.
Ready? Here goes:
How To Become a Writer
By: The Classic Quill
Step 1: Write.
Step 2: Write some more.
Step 3: Submit what you write to people who need what you write.
Step 4: Keep writing.
Step 5: Ignore those who ask if they have possibly read what you’ve written. They probably aren’t your intended audience anyway.
Step 6: Read. Read for fun. Read to see what to do and not to do. Read those whose work you love a respect.
Step 7: Did I mention WRITE?
Step 8: After a few months, look back at the first three things you wrote. Cringe and laugh. Tweak
if as necessary.
Repeat Steps 1 through 8 for the rest of your life.
And there you have it. The only way to become a writer, is to write and submit what you’ve written. It’s not rocket science. Yes, there is a bit more to it, such as learning to research markets and determine a publications needs and tone, but those things don’t matter if you don’t write.
And with that, I’m off to practice what I just preached. 😀