Friday, April 29, 2011

Getting to Know You

If you haven't seen it yet, my latest post on From the Write Angle went live earlier today.

Please check it out and let me know what you think. In the meantime, I'm finishing off a new post for the Elephant's Bookshelf. Hope you come back soon!

Friday, April 01, 2011

Now It Can Be Told

I'm one of those rare people who is fortunate enough to love what he does for a living. I write. Always have, and I hope I always will.

You know what one of the things I love about writing is? The ability to time travel. You can go backwards and forwards — even sideways if you want. In fact, you can go forward in time on blogs, too. I'm doing it right now, actually.

You see, I'm setting this post to go live later than what my watch is telling me right now. It will go live at 12:01. On press releases, you often see things embargoed until 12:01 on such and such a date. Why not 12:00 midnight? I suspect it's because people get confused as to which day that actually is; a minute later, there's no doubt involved.

And what, pray tell, could be so darned important that we've embargoed it? And who the heck are "we"? Well, now it can be told. And no, despite the date, this is not an April Fool's Joke.

If you click on this link, you will go to a new blog that's just gone live. It's called From the Write Angle. It's not your typical blog. It's more of a writers' collective.

You see, writers don't always know exactly what it is that makes them who they are — at least, that's how I see it. We perceive things in our own particular way, and sometimes we experiment with other ways of seeing things. Points of view are important. Context is crucial, except when it isn't. And as in Roshomon, different people can see the same thing and interpret it in a completely unique way.

We Write Anglers — the fourteen of us — are writers who do what we do in our own unique way. Some write thrillers, others write for young adults. There are writers of erotica and there are writers of paranormal fiction. (And I bet some of those paranormal characters get downright kinky in their own ways, too.) There is even a literary fiction writer who also does a fair amount of nonfiction writing. Hmmm, now I wonder who that good looking guy might be?

The idea of From the Write Angle is to share our perspectives on not just the writing process but the publishing process — and beyond. When you visit, you'll find a good baker's dozen or more articles already in place in various genres and discussing a bevy of topics, and we'll be filing new posts on a regular basis. If you're a writer, I think you'll find it helpful, insightful, even entertaining. And we're already talking about new ideas to pursue as a group.

Truth is, when you get enough creative firepower together, you start to believe you can achieve just about anything you put your minds to. That's what writers should believe.

At least, that's how I see it. What do you think? Let us know. We look forward to hearing from you.