Thursday, October 18, 2012

Help Me Decide

If you've been following this blog for any length of time, you would've noticed that I'm not a big talker. I'm a great listener, but not all that in love with talking (I can just hear my beloved scoffing in the background, but ignore him). I'm not referring to a wife's prerogative to talk her husband's ear off the moment he walks in the door, I'm speaking of the extrovert who can strike up a conversation with anyone anywhere. That's not me. I'm a die hard introvert and, as such, I find it incredibly difficult to start conversations. I mean, what on earth do people talk about? I can't just talk about nothing, it has to be something. Which is why (apart from #4of4 fighting Leukaemia for the last three years) this blog lolled a lot!
I want to change that. It's my wish to cultivate a following and grow this blog, but it has to be worth the visit, I'm sure you would agree. So what do I talk about that would be interesting enough to draw readers and not bore me to tears? I've been thinking and puzzling over this problem, and I think I've come up with a plan.

As you would probably have noticed, I've started a "Pull Up A Chair With Mon" series where I talk writing craft. I aim to post a new PUACWM topic each week. As well as this I think I'd like to publicly hang out with my characters. This idea features something similar to character interviews but since I have no patience with these, my characters will be themselves. We'll sit around and chat like friends and you get to be the fly on the wall. What do you think?
Oh, this series will be called "Welcome to Mon's Ville". I'm kinda excited about this and looking forward to seeing how it goes.

That's two plans. The third is that yesterday I was hanging out at Celeste Jones talking about Deep POV and I got a number of positive comments on my example. After thinking about it, I've decided to continue the story and create a blog serialisation story out of it. I'm hoping to post a new part each week. I would even like readers to participate. I believe that could be a lot of fun. The story has no title as yet and I'm not entirely sure whether to simply begin the story from the example point. Since I'm not a fan of long intros, and much prefer my stories to start immediately, I might end up doing just that.

Would you follow this type of blog? Leave a comment below and tell me what you think. I'd love feedback on these ideas. :)

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  1. I love serial stories and it sounds like you would have a lot of fun doing it. So that's my vote. :)

  2. I think that all of those ideas are great and I'm looking forward to it.

  3. Thanks for your votes, Raquel and Celeste!:)

  4. I think, at least from watching you on Celeste's blog, that you get excited in *responding* rather than initiating. It's easier to jump off when someone gives you a push. :)

    Why not continue your example from Celeste's blog and use it as a masterclass-type workshop? Then you could use each new bit to explain something different that week.

  5. Ahhh, I see what you mean. But I'm trying to draw readers for the section. The "Pull Up A Chair" series is for writers. I'm just looking to tell a story at this point. However, I'm always more than happy to answer writing craft questions.

    Thanks for the idea, though :)

  6. I think they all sound like great ideas. I've thought about to a serial type story on my blog, but the committment scares me. What if I can't keep up? And that sort of thing. Also I don't write short well. My last WIP was supposed to be a novella and ended up 115K words.

  7. LOL, Dawn. I think some people just have too much to say, and their stories overflow :). I usually write up to 60K and am about to start a Women's Fiction which will be closer to the 100K so we'll see how I go!

    I'm planning to see how the ideas go, if they don't take off I'll move onto something else.

    As far as commitment goes, I'm not worried. It only takes a few minutes to write 500-600 words. I'm hoping my readers will get involved and put forward some ideas as to how they would like the story to evolve.

    I'm excited and worried all at once! :)


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