All Dreamers Welcome, Again
In September 2006, I started this blog with a post called All Dreamers Welcome. Welcome to my dream, I said. Please come share it with me.
THIS is my dream. (Imagine me waving my hands expansively at my desk, the manuscript next to me, the books behind me, the stone polar bear on my desk, the stacks of cryptic Post-Its, and the vampire Mickey Mouse.) All of this. Being a writer. It's what I've wanted to do since I was ten years old. Prior to that, I wanted to be Wonder Woman or a Unicorn Princess (either a human in charge of unicorns or an actual unicorn with a tiara).
When I wrote that first blog post, I wanted this blog to be a blog about the craft of writing. After all, it's what I do every day. It's what I think about, obsess over, even dream about (when I'm not dreaming about tiara-wearing unicorns, of course). But I felt self-conscious about it. After all, in 2006, my first book wasn't even out yet. Who was I to give writing advice to anyone?
Now, in 2013, I am doing what I've always wanted to do. I have six books out and am under contract for five more. And I feel that I've learned a lot over the past seven years. So I've decided that it's okay for me to talk about what I've learned. After all, I know there are a lot of people out there who share my dream. (The writing dream, I mean, not the unicorn princess dream.)
So I'd like to reintroduce this blog and re-welcome you to it. I plan to start a few different new blog series, including Stuff I've Learned, the Writer's Toolbox, and Reading About Writing. If you dream about being a writer (or a unicorn princess) or if you're just curious, I hope you'll join me.
As one of my favorite poets says:
“If you are a dreamer, come in,
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic-bean-buyer...
If you're a pretender, come sit by my fire
For we have some flax-golden tales to spin.
-- Shel Silverstein, "Introduction" from Where the Sidewalk Ends
More to come.....