Who knew? It’s so very exciting to have 100 story enthusiasts with us here at THE STORY SPOT via the Twitter service. We’re relatively new to *actually* using this simple yet powerful service (though we’ve been interested lurkers since Day One). It’s been brilliantly rewarding to interact with you all in this meaningful and immediate way. So thanks everyone.
This week, Blake/Evenlake, the man behind http://domesticfather.com and http://evenlake.com became the 100th person to follow THE STORY SPOT via Twitter. To celebrate this completely random yet momentous occasion, we awarded Blake with a gift of a free story consultation service. He seems happy about it all so that’s a good thing. We’re quite thrilled ourselves. Congratulations, Blake and thanks for coming along for the ride.
To the rest of you out there in Lurker Land, through the end of 2008, Twitter followers of THE STORY SPOT may purchase any one service from our menu and receive 20% off the listed price. Yep, that’s right. To get this very special offer, send a direct message via Twitter to @thestoryspot with the service you’d like to purchase. We’ll get back to you with your 007-style discount code. But you must “follow” to get the goods.
Giving our attention to the news media these days is bound to have anyone feeling a little quivery with fear. For writers — the majority of whom aren’t in a position of comfortable wealth in which to easily ride out the turbulence — these times can be especially worrisome.
So this goes out to you, writer-for-hire, who may be taking on extra projects or calling your agent a few extra times this month. And it goes out to you writer-for-pleasure, who may be cutting back on your time at your laptop in favour of extra income-generating activities. It even goes out to me, your humble editor, who finds herself succumbing to all of the above in an effort to restore calm to an unsettled writing life.
This is the Art of Zen Pool at Flickr. It’s a random slideshow posted for your restorative enjoyment by those who interpret their world through a camera’s lens.
Whoever you are and however you write, take one selfish celebratory moment to remember that you put pen to page because that is who you are. No matter what’s happening outside your body and your walls (and your control), your imagination is yours and not a thing can alter it. Do whatever is necessary to honour your talent and your drive, especially in this, a most distracting and challenging time in history and you will be honouring yourself.
We write for as many reasons as there are writers: to relax, to dream, to vent, to explain, to create, and simply because we must. Why do you write?
…now back to our regularly scheduled, much less earnest, blogging.
Faithful readers, THE STORY SPOT wants to give you what you crave. What do you need in order to do your best work? Post your niggling questions, ruminations, and whatnots here. If you’re lurking, now is your chance to jump in.
A tip ‘o the hat to those who post their:
writerly Amazon wishlists,
lucky writing charms,
favorite mind-clearing distractions,
Today’s post turns the keys over to you. If you’d like an in-depth response from THE STORY SPOT crew, just ask and we’ll do our best to post an answer in upcoming weeks.
(Be sure to click through to the full post for comments!)
This morning was a beautiful reminder that writers and stories are absolutely everywhere. We spent the early part of this Friday at the Santa Monica Public Library’s Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium at a seminar put on by the California State Board of Equalization. Scintillating as that sounds, guess who lurked there in the crowd.
Writers of all sorts, in fact. Memoirists, creative non-fiction authors, journalers planning their first long-format project, screenwriters, and even documentary filmmaker Mialyn Hanna. Writing and editing can be lonely occupations at times and it’s such a lift to be reminded that stories are indeed everywhere, waiting to be told.
So hello to all of you who gathered today and who made a point of connecting. Come, join our little world of storytelling. Comment. Sign up. Or send a personal note. Whatever moves you, just keep writing!
Thanks to Landyn Parker of the Mad Screenwriter for mentioning us in their list of “useful resources for screenwriters.” More useful resources to reach everyone who needs them is always a good thing and this one seems to be talking to you, Canadian Screenwriter.