Blogs I Never Wrote

I was cleaning out my desk today and found a bunch of notes for blog articles. There were some great titles with no indication of what I intended to say: “Pot Holes and Plot Holes”, “Plotting vs. Plodding”. Maybe someday I’ll write those articles, assuming, of course, I can think of anything to say.

I found a note to answer the questions I collected from readers for an interview about Facebook back in  . . . gasp . . . January. Has it really been that long? Eek.

I found a note to write a blog about the gatekeepers — those who are still working diligently to make sure that no one from a small press gets the same advantages as those published by the majors. Both the Romance Writers of America and Mystery Writers of America have rules which exclude us from entering contests and other activites since our publishers don’t yet meet their criteria for an approved publisher. Click here: for the Requirements for inclusion on MWA’s list of Approved Publishers.

I found a note about writing: The finished product is public but the process of getting there is intensely personal and different for everyone. Someday I might write that blog, but it seems that sentence summarizes it nicely.

I found a note for March 25 to celebrate the anniversary of my book release, and as part of the festivities, I planned to write an article on what I learned about book promotion during that first year of publication. Life intervened preventing me from doing that blog, but I can tell you now what I learned: absolutely nothing. I’ve sold fewer books than some fellow authors who did relatively little promotion, so apparently I have no idea how to promote. I’m still hoping to learn, though, and when I do find out, you will be the first to know.

And last but certainly not least are several notes on examples from books about editing properly. For example: She didn’t notice the motion behind her. Since the story was from her point of view, how could she have noticed the motion so as not to notice it? Another example from the same book: The light tinted her face green. How did she know that her face was green? It would have been better to say the light tinted her hands green.

These examples of wordiness came from another book: Inside him he felt a gnawing frustration. Where else does one feel frustration except inside? Unless, perhaps in a horror story where Frustration is the name of a beast with great teeth that gnaws on the outside of a person’s body. And what about this bit of baffling dialogue: “To a certain extent, you are entirely correct.” To what extent? Either one is entirely correct or one isn’t. And this one is the worst of all: He became convinced in his own mind that  . . . If anyone can tell me how you can be convinced in any one else’s mind, then I’ll let that one pass, but you can’t. If you think I’m being too picky, there were instances of such wordiness on every page. Ugh.

Since I’ve been on a hiatus from the internet while I deal with my traumatic offline life, my blog readership has slipped to almost nothing, so it seems that when I finally get a grip on my new life, I will have my work cut out for me, both to regain my blog readership and to gain a book readership. I hope it will be as rewarding the second time around.

13 Responses to “Blogs I Never Wrote”

  1. Pamela Villars Says:

    Pat, I know you are going through the kind of loss we all fear and dread, and you are surviving it with grace. I also want to tell you that the way you have been writing about it is open and inviting, and I hope when you return to your literary pursuits you continue to let us see this you.

    It brings me to your blog in a way the book discussions never did, so selfishly I want it to continue.

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      Pamela, your comment was so apropos! I had just decided today to continue with my grief articles. I wasn’t sure if I should or not, but my grief has affected my whole life, and so I shouldn’t hide it.

      Thank you for your comment. It’s nice to know I’m surviving this loss with grace.

  2. Carol J. Garvin Says:

    While it may be callous to say so, I believe your writing will be enriched by what you’ve been going through. Your blogging already suggests that. I don’t think regaining your followers should be difficult because you know where to look for them, and when you’re ready to dive back into the writer’s life it will be there waiting for you. You have all those great blog topics to get you started!

    (I have to admit I have files containing snippets of ideas, too, but have used very few so far. They’re handy, though, when you’re having a dry day and need something to stimulate ideas.)

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      Carol, it isn’t callous at all. I hope you’re right and my writing will be enriched by what I’m going through. There has to be some use for all this pain!

  3. Stephen Prosapio Says:

    I love those “she didn’t notice…” catches…before they go to print. Nice article!

  4. Sheila Deeth Says:

    I love those examples. Must look for them in my writing. And those unwritten articles – I tidy my computer and find great titles with nothing written inside.

    Anyway, I’m sure your readership will return – we all have so much to learn and enjoy at your side.

  5. dave ebright Says:

    All post-worthy topics, Pat. I’ve had a tough time posting regularly on my blog & even struggle commenting on my favorite sites lately (work & time related – nothing so difficult as what you’ve experienced). Lots of my “readers” have disappeared. Kind of a bummer but since I don’t have anything particularly insightful to offer anyway (certainly don’t plan to offer writing advice) I’ll probably pull the plug on ‘JaxPop’ real soon & move on into the …. well, you know.

    The “gatekeepers” – I’ve got no time for them. Prefer playing by my own rules. Hang in there. See you Thursday PM.

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      Dave, maybe it’s just a slow season and our readers will magically reappear. It could happen. Why pull the plug on JaxPop? I mean, it is an award-winning blog!

      I like playing by my own rules, too. Just wish I knew what they were.

  6. Kat Sheridan Says:

    I love that you even HAVE a list of future blog topics! And blogs! That puts you miles ahead of me. So does the sale of even one book. Count the positives.

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      Kat, you have a blog, you just don’t know it. If you posted even half the comments you make on gather.com, you’d have the most active blog of anyone I know!

      You’re not the first person today to tell me to count the positives. I guess I need to do that.

  7. L.V. Gaudet Says:

    When you are ready to make your comeback, let me know if there is anything I can do to help.

    I`ll be happy to help in any way I can.


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