The Universe has a way of bringing things into balance. During the past month, I have suffered from debilitating self-doubt as to my choice to become a writer. Not much of a choice, really, since writing isn’t something I could ever stop doing.
I’ve also grown angry thinking that I had to write about characters and stories I had no interest in just so I could appease the few regular readers I had.
My head has been in a very weird place.
Now that my illness is abating (both the mental and the damn flu), I’ve taken a closer look at what I have been doing and where I want to go with my writing. Observant readers have noticed that Sinistral Scribblings has undergone a facelift, but have you also noticed that the navigation bar has been reduced to just two items?
I’ve taken down all of my categorized writing: Easy Money, The Linden Tree, Wyld Hunt, Hannah Anne – all of it. Don’t worry! It’s not gone, just hiding. I left “Courage, Woe and Truth” up because that’s not my writing, and it will never change, but it deserves to be read. Please do so.
Here’s the thing. I need to write for me. I get that now. When I do, I can only hope that you’ll come along for the ride. As such, the focus of Sinistral Scribblings has changed.
I find that I have a hard time writing anything of novel length with any consistency. I tend to make a good start and then just sort of fade away and never go back to it. I do better when I serialize things – take a look at Hannah Anne; 8 blog stories that tell so much about Hannah and the world she lives in, all set forth in bite-sized chunks.
My course now seems clear. I’m going to write my stories – my novels – as blog posts. All of them. Over the past few days, I’ve been doing a lot of behind-the-scenes organizing of a number of my larger works to get them ready for being written in a serialized format. Whenever possible, (and I hope it is all the time), each entry will be an answer to a writing prompt. I’m not going to tell you at this time which stories I’ve chosen for this new focus (yes, there are more than one), but I can say that the first will be from the Easy Money universe, written as a response to the current Master Class writing prompt.
“What about the new blog you just launched? In Other Worlds?” you ask. Well, that’s going to sit for a bit. I see it as a place where I can start putting the these books together in a true novel format. Maybe. I’m not so sure anymore. We’ll just have to wait and see.
So, stick around! I think you’ll be pleased to see a few favorites return over the course of the coming weeks. Maybe some characters and stories you didn’t like too much, as well – and maybe something altogether new. In the next few days, look for an intimate story about futuristic hit-man Reggie and his best friend/lover, soldier of fortune, Gris.