For the last year I’ve had this idea in my head to have a fiction writing blog. I love this blog and all the readers I’ve met and I like the casual, personal tone of things. It is my intent to continue writing from The Green Study, but I long to try my hand at fiction. After spewing out a novel during National Novel Writing Month, I have quickly run out of excuses.
Last month I heard an interview with Margaret Atwood on NPR regarding her upcoming serialized novel. The idea of serialized fiction took hold of me and I haven’t been able to shake it. It just sounds cool. I quite possibly will experience a massive failure, but that’s what I thought when I started this blog, which has taught me to write regularly, rain or shine.
When I think of posting fiction, my stomach turns in knots. I’m nervous. I’m anxious. I feel like I’m about ready to make a huge mistake. I’ve gained a lot of confidence in my writing, but I’ve been writing truths (at least my version of it). Now I have to lie. And lie lyrically. And lie convincingly. And lie well enough that people will continue to read.
Well, enough procrastinating. Welcome to TGS Writes, an experimental and serialized fiction blog. I’ll be posting short fiction there every weekend, taking feedback and comments into account during the week, before writing the next part. Ms. Atwood calls it improv for writers and that comparison alone makes me imagine it might be fun.
So, this is my invitation to you. I understand if you can’t possibly add one more blog to follow, or if you’re not much of a fiction reader or it’s just not your thing. But it’s mine now and I’d love some company on a journey where I might very well have to lean over the side and throw up.
I will continue writing from The Green Study and have added a link on the side for TGS Writes. My work on the novel continues. I wanted to be a writer, so I’m not complaining. Just having a little freakout. Inhale, exhale….publish.