I never consciously decided to be a writer, I just write. I wrote my fist book when I was 7 years old and never looked back. Like any skilled trade over the years we develop our own niche and style and our craft becomes part of us.
I still don’t know how I graduated from high school but I was functionally illiterate when I did. I have A.D.D. am highly dyslexic, double vision and the attention span of a 8 week old puppy. if you want to get me to sit still for more than 5 minutes you literally have to nail my feet to the ground. I eventually enrolled in college and was on the deans list when I dropped out, it simply wasn’t for me. I have always struggled with the English language and obviously editing isn’t my strong point.
It wasn’t until I met Stephen Cannell who suffered the same handicap as me that I really became comfortable with my writing. “Anyone can be a good editor Alan but there are only a select few fortunate enough to have what it takes to be a truly great writer. Focus on your strong points and the rest will work itself out”. I never forgot his words and have never been short of a good editor. Rather than worry about the small things I just write.
I never decided to write a blog, in fact for the first 4 years I had a simple website where I posted my unedited journals of my life for friends and family to keep up with my travels. I eventually discovered the world of blogging and its simple cheap format, deleted my website and started from scratch. I get a lot of criticism form my un-edited posts and have even been told that I am embarrassing myself but I could fucking care less what other people think, I write because I’m a writer ,its what I do. Just like a body builder has to work out every day to keep his muscles strong, I have to write every day to keep my writing muscles strong.
Over the years I have grown tired of magazine editors always changing my story, cutting out important parts or changing titles that laterally are the meat of the article. Several years ago I decided to take a break from traditional publishing and simply give it away. More and more each day I feel myself being drawn back to the half dozen half written books I have sitting around and feel the time has come to publish one of them. My books will be under my terms, dirt cheap and in the digital format. As always less is more so I will cut out all the traditional bullshit writers and publishers add to fill pages and write simple clean books leaving the final outcome to the readers own interpretation.
My only advice to the newbie writer is to write what you know and do it often. I think Ernest Hemingway said it best…
“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”