I’ve been writing as a hobby since I was a little kid. I write for the drawer and have several thousand pages of rough drafts tucked away in journals, notebooks, and computer files. I’ve had a few offers of publication in the past, but I have some sort of a psychological issue with having my stuff printed: I’m just too close to my work. I blame this on my muse.
I actually do have a muse. Together my muse and I create characters and worlds and weave intricate plots. It’s always been that way for me. The hardest thing is trying to push my muse away long enough to do the writing that I need to do for school. My muse also tends to distract me during movies and games and whatnot. The impudent creature seems to think that I have nothing better to do than write. It also seems to think that I can write and type at about 200 wpm. I only wish that were true.
I blame my muse for my lack of seeking publication because my muse makes me feel like a hack. By that I mean that I always thought that there was supposed to be more effort in the act of writing. I’m working on learning to map out my writing so that I feel more like it is a skill that I have developed and less like a potentially transient gift. It should help to reduce my morbid fear that my muse will grow silent if I ever publish my work. Since I plan to publish some of my work, I guess I’ll find out soon enough.
I’ll post some articles on creating, harnessing, and taming the muse on this blog.
I recently graduated with a BSBA (Bachelors of Science in Business Administration) in Management Information Systems (MIS). In the Fall of 2011, I’ll start on my MS in MIS. I’ve always been the creative sort and I found business hard to take. The writing was particularly difficult because it is so robotic.
I’m in the process of starting an ePublishing company. I’ll self-publish through the company, but the primary purpose of the company is to publish other writers. I have always wanted to go into publishing, but the startup and overhead costs just made it too much of a risk. There are still a lot of costs involved in ePublishing the right way, but it’s a risk that I’m willing and able to take.