“I’m not a writer, but I play one online.”
Funny thing about the Internet, if you prowl it long enough, especially in the darker corners of the 3Ws, you’ll find lots of advice on how to become a “real writer“. Odd thing about that is, I’ve never heard of most of them, certainly haven’t read word one of their fiction in most cases, and yet they speak with authority about what a writer is or isn’t. I’ve tracked down some of the prose by these so-called experts and more often than not been staggered by the ineptness of their writing.
Me? I’m no expert. Not by a long shot. I’ve written a couple of books and a handful of short stories. Some of them have been very well received. Some not so much. Am I a writer? I like to think so. Thing is, the game has changed. I don’t think there are any rules any more, if there ever were any to begin with.
One thing has not changed: writer’s write.
I’m not going to sit here and tell you what to write or how to write it, nor am I going to enter into the various debates of the pros and cons of where to send your work after you’ve typed “the end”. Self-pub or legacy? Don’t care. Write and let the cards fall where they may.
It’s a brave new world out there. It’s high time you blaze your own trail and find your place in it.