Writing about Writing

Posted: March 6, 2014 in Writer's Carnival
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So one of the things I am doing as part of the Writer’s Carnival team is writing blog posts and leading group discussions. These are short reads, though it starts to feel very meta. Then again, writing about writing often does.

The idea behind the group discussion posts is to get members engaged, to highlight the social aspect of the site. Only, since it is a writing site, the focus is less on cats and pictures of food or who’s dating whom and more on you know, writing.

This isn’t the first time I’ve done this for the site, either. In fact, one of the first pieces along these lines I wrote was before I was asked to join the site’s team.

Unsurprising to absolutely no one, I have also written two separate posts on writing fight scenes. The pieces I’m writing now are much more general, meant to be applicable to any type of writing as opposed to any sort of genre.

Anyway, I’m on the hook for writing one of these a week, along with a separate group discussion that I’ll try to tie in to next week’s blog post. Mine are updating on Thursdays, though the blog itself updates daily. We have seven different voices contributing, so you definitely get a diverse range of voices contributing to the conversation.

My first blog post is here: Pantser or Plotter?

My first group discussion piece is here: Research is Good. No, Really!

(For those of you with wordpress, a mirror site hosted there is forthcoming, and we’ll be mirroring the posts over there).

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Comments
  1. mercutio01 says:

    Writing about writing really is very meta. It becomes uncomfortably so, as I think even some famous writers will attest to. You no doubt note that Wendig expresses some discomfort with the idea of doing it himself. Even Kadrey has said similar things.

    • Matthew X. Gomez says:

      Indeed. I guess the key is to keep it broad enough to engage large segment of the population, while trying to avoid promoting a One True Way. The simple truth is that what works for one person isn’t going to work for someone else. There are few acts as personal as the act of creation, which makes the whole aspect difficult to get traction on.

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