Writing & Writers

I've known a lot of writers over my life, and I've met hundreds. After all, I worked for a newspaper for nearly a decade and a half, and I worked in a bookstore for over half a decade before that, and I was a literary studies major as an undergrad. Most my adult life I've been surrounded by people who make a living stringing words together. I've even had a paid gig or two in my day. There are basically two kinds of writers; those who can get the job done no matter what tools they have at hand even if this means dictating a story over a satellite phone, or those who need everything to come together just right to write. This second group can't get shit done if their favorite coffee mug is dirty or it's too late in the day or because the gibbous moon is waning. These sorts spend all their time allowing external influences to dictate when their ass actually gets in the chair. They spend more time trying out new software packages to find the perfect word processor. They can't write if they are uninspired or if their muse is uncooperative. Every writer I've met imagines themselves as the first sort, but most are the second.

I know I've got my fair share of keyboards (none are quite right), and I try out every text editor or word processor I can (none are quite right). I use these things as an excuse not to write. I need the perfect CMS to put my content online. I need to have software that doesn't get in my way, and that thinks like I do. I want it to do quotes correctly and I want it to save as I go and organize my notes and and and.

And I use this shit as excuses not to write.

Facebook killed my interest in writing for the longest time. It was too easy to pop on there and knock out a masturbatory rant about the outrage of the day. Feedback was usually positive (these are my friends after all) and fairly immediate. Cheap likes and shares. But that writing is nearly effortless. Too easy. Half the time I just wanted to see who would call me on my bullshit. So I'm trying to stay away from Facebook. I'm also going to try to not get hung up on making this site something perfect.

I just want to get my ass back in the chair and write. I want to gather rejection slips and actually work to improve the quality of the words I put down on the page.

So expect to see me writing more about writing. It's helpful to examine one's own process. And hopefully I will be able to point you to new creations soon.

• Christopher


I am not a crook!