A prestigious writers’ association that uses venues for its endeavours that are, at most, a train-journey away from where I live, offers workshops on how to set up a blog, as well as other ‘how to’ and ‘meet the author’ events. Blogging seems to be part of a standard structure towards becoming an established writer.
No. I have not attended those courses.
I went to one ‘meet the author’, that event taking place in a library a taxi-ride away from my home.
It was interesting but you either scootle out of the building the minute the talk (talks in this case – there were two authors) finishes, or you are expected, in the most polite way, to buy the book(s).
They are sold at a reduced rate, and the tickets for the evening cost next to nothing, but the exercise is to promote the writers – and the whole thing is hung on ‘local’ – ‘local novelists’, ‘local poets’, and so on.
Yes. I bought a couple of books.
One writer did appeal to me – I’d got her book out of the library and then bought it at the event.
The other author – they were put on together though they had little in common – the other person was a crime writer, and – I do read all sorts – but I found his depiction of women (once I got the book home) not at all to my taste.
I’m sorting out my house, and I can’t keep all these books. I just haven’t space for them all. And so I am putting into the charity shop those that I am not impressed with and those that I have outgrown. Some go in the bin.
I don’t care what they are – I was keeping classics for a long time because I thought I might end up with a teaching career.
But – if I don’t like books, out they go. I’ll keep those that mean something to me in one way or another. That does include some heavy theoretical tomes. But I also have genre – and, yes, some of those that are considered classics that I do like.
I keep on going over the same things, and I have said some of this before.
But it seems important to say it again now and maybe I say more this time than I did the last.
I can’t be bound.
Blogging, though. How far does it help you with your writing?
One day, I might go along to that ‘blogging’ class – just to find out how they justify themselves.