No doorways, no windows, no walls
No shelter here on the ground
No standing and no safe place to fall
Just the promise of this distant sound
Bells are ringing all over the world

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Leipzig is calling you

Frequent commentator and no slouch at the airwaves either, Ken McConnell is looking for writers who haven't quite made it yet, but are willing to share and grow together. He's looking to start up a group like SF Novelists, (which you should be reading, and if not, why aren't you) but with a focus on the "soon to break through" authors. He's got a better explanation on his blog. If you're interested, go and giver him a shout out. I'm thinking about it.

One of the things I've been blessed with on this journey toward professional writer is the wealth of information, camaraderie, hand-holding, cheerleading, and general willingness to help out others given by those around and ahead of me in their writing careers. I hope that I've been able to give as good as I've gotten myself, although that has been mostly on a one to one basis. This would definitely have the possibility of widening that help. I need to look at my time available and see where I can crop out some time to do this as I think it has serious potential.

And I can blather on about writing as you can tell. Can't you? Anybody? Beuller?

The three way's I learn the best are doing it hands on (often failing, but learning and getting better), listening to others discuss, and trying to help others. Reading books I tend to get information, but not internalize it well. It took, I don't know, like a hundred times of hearing the phrase, "Kill your darlings" before I finally got it. And that was because I had to explain it to someone else.

At this point I (think I) know a few things. Sharing is something I like doing (can you tell?). In the end I'll probably say "yes."


Ken McConnell said...

Thanks for the plug on this Steve! We will need to come up with a name for it at some point. But let's get comment commitments from as many people as we can first.

Then we can vote on it. Yeah, more voting!

Matt Mitchell said...

Yes, you should definitely join; I think it'll be fun. It'll be a blog I'd want to read :-)

Stewart Sternberg (half of L.P. Styles) said...

I agree. I think I will go and give it a look see. Steve, I always enjoy your optimism and energy

Steve Buchheit said...

No worries Ken, always glad to help.

Matt, I sent Ken my email, so I'm sure I'll be blogging there soon.

Thanks Stewart.