Writers’ Wednesday: A Writer Writes… Always

No, I’m Not Being a Hypocrite. I’ve Been Writing Every Day—Just Not Here.

So, as some of you know, I started writing for a website called Space.porn about a year ago. In that time, I’ve written over three hundred articles for them. None of those articles were pornographic. All of them were about space in some way or another. We at Space Porn work hard to bring our readers news about astronomy, commercial spaceflight, space entertainment, and space politics.

I write every day. It’s not always what I want to write, but it’s exercise all the same. The only unfortunate byproduct is that I’ve had to put this site on the back burner. In fact, I’m writing this on Saturday, April 25th, even though it won’t get published until four days from now.

So if you really miss reading my stuff, and you have even a remote interest in space, I suggest checking out Space Porn. I’m proud of the writing I’ve done there, even if it means I’ve had to neglect Brandonia for a while.

In addition to writing every day, I also teach creative writing this year, so I’m stretching all of my writing muscles all of the time.

That’s really important, and that’s what we’re going to talk about today.

Let’s Keep The Muscle Metaphor Going, Shall We?

When I say I’ve been stretching my writing muscles, I mean I’ve been writing every day. But that doesn’t mean that I’ve been growing as a writer. If we stick with the physical workout metaphor, what I’ve been doing is essentially running a mile every day for nearly a year. That’s good, but it’s not as good as starting with a mile, then going to a mile and a half, then going to two miles, then adding some weight training or circuit training. My point is, writing nothing but space news articles isn’t helping me grow as a writer. It’s just keeping me from losing my skills.

On the other hand, I haven’t written anything fictional in a while. I’ve written two songs recently, but beyond that, nothing other than non-fiction about space stuff.

Fortunately, teaching creative writing allows me to play editor to forty budding writers—all of whom are incredibly talented. While it’s not the same as writing my own stories, helping those students refine their stories is as fulfilling, just in a different way.

That doesn’t mean I don’t still yearn for creating my own fiction, though. I wish I could say I’d have some new stories coming out soon, but to be honest, I don’t know if I’ll be able to get to them until school gets out in June. I do have a couple of new short story ideas, along with some plans for ol’ Dingo Roy.

In short, I’m ready to get going and get some new stories written. I just need to carve out the time. Stay tuned.