I’m about to finish my BFA in Creative Writing. To be honest, it’s a little scary.
(To be completely honest, it’s hella scary. And also liberating. And awesome.)
As nice as a 9-5 job sounds, I want to write. That was the whole point of the degree — to learn, in whatever way possible, how to make it as a writer. I wanted the writing skills, and the editing skills, and the marketing skills, and whatever else necessary to make it work in the real world.
And now I’m about to be pushed out into that real world. The incubation is over.
I thought a lot about author platforms, and branding, and everything else that’s been a buzzword for the past while. A lot of the advice, frustratingly enough, was aimed at non-fic writers. Building a niche, demonstrating my authority in a topic, etc., that’d be super easy if I was planning on writing a book on Imperial Russia. (Reading Russian history is a good form of stress relief, I promise!)
[Un]fortuntately, I’m a fiction writer, and “the literature” is a little less clear when it comes to us. But in a way that’s even better. I’m not a big fan of constraints (again: I’d love the 9-5, but…), and this lets me choose what to do and how.
The advice aimed at fiction writers says our fiction is our platform (who would have thought?!), so I’ll be posting away in this blog, mostly about my life and my writing. Maybe some Russian history and book reviews thrown in, just to keep us all on our toes. I’ll try not to worry too much about SEO and ‘authority’, and instead just do my best to write something interesting.
It’s definitely better than sitting around, fretting & reading books and blogs on blogging and platforms and audience. Sometimes you have to stop reading up on how and just do.
And, speaking of doing…
My current projects are (working titles & abbreviations to protect the innocent):
- A YA fantasy novel. I’m a sucker for magic school settings, and I get to have a lot of fun with world building.
- A sci-fi/thriller TV show that I’m working on for my last workshop in my program. It’s a little bit of X-Men and Orphan Black and a whole lot of fun.