Getting seen

For a writer, just getting seen, or read as it were, is pretty much de rigeur, although writing in a vacuum has its advantages too. But I think most writers have some sort of an audience in mind, whether it’s their younger (or older!) selves, family, friends, community members, or a wider catchment.

I feel that I hit on something that resonated, rather early on in my own writing odyssey, with AllendaleDiary.org. With a daily following of a hundred or so, mostly local folks, I enjoyed that discipline which kept my free-flowing impulses in check and tightened my writing.

This writer’s blog really turns out to be my own musings on the writing journey for my own self. Having thought that the depiction of the ‘process’ might be fascinating for more people, I now realise that no, it’s really not. In fact, if you look at films which tell a story of a writer, there’s always an obligatory scene of writing, crumpling, scratching out, editing, coffee and smokes and staring out of the window, until magically a stack of neatly typed/printed sheets materialises. That’s about all the process anyone who is not a writer wants to know about.

But for the writer oneself, these musings can be a waypost to the progression of the journey, and so they feel very valuable. I signposted all of Biome NE47: Prequel (which I expect will turn into Fragments of a Fugue) as well as many of the later drafts of Biome NE47: A Novel (to become Shrouded Valley). Now that I’m nearing the half-way point of Biome NE47: Sequel (Daughters of Eden), I’m getting excited about the next stimulating crunch, the point at which the reader is well and truly hooked, if they’ve persevered through the setting and the fleshing out of the characters.

The challenge is, however, that I don’t quite know what that challenge/hook will be, yet! At 41.3k words, with everything balanced, I feel ready to proceed, but of course, there’s nothing ready for consumption by any reader yet! So, in the meantime, seeking to find the same sort of interaction that we found together, readers and writers, with AllendaleDiary.org, I’ve embarked on another little adventure in the blogosphere.

RoadsToJoy.blog is nearly a week old, Tomorrow, Friday, will be the seventh post if I can figure something out. I’m trying to promote the blog, which seeks to celebrate life and feelings in a deeply rural community here in the North Pennines, further afield than restricting it to local interest. But so does everybody and their uncle want to promote their own concepts!

The twitter-ati are so busy with their promotions, and I’m grappling with that medium now, not getting very far. The blog listing sites are mostly pay-for-exposure, or wait for weeks for the free service, as at blogarama.com. So I’m waiting. The two promotion avenues really at my current disposal are the Allendale Area Notices on facebook, and the list of friendly subscribers to AllendaleDiary.org. When RoadsToJoy.blog is mature enough to publicise to those who followed the diary, a full week or two of entries, and I feel the format is established, I shall probably announce it, just as I did a few days ago on facebook. Let’s let things settle in though, for now; a few readers have trickled in, which is encouraging.

And meanwhile, the ‘day job’ beckons, and that challenge awaits. I have to be ready to get the Daughters of Eden out to a HiddenGemsBooks.com readership/reviewership by the middle of April. Time’s a-wasting, must dash!

By Larry Winger

Retired scientist, devoted diarist (AllendaleDiary.org), community-minded aspirant novelist, I've lived on a smallholding in the East Allen Valley for the past 30 years, delighting in watching our family grow up, in experiencing the development of our grandsons, and in taking care of our small flock of chickens and garden.

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