I spent most of my free time in March doing some long-range planning, primarily about the handful of novels I’ve been bouncing between since 2020. Reclaiming the City is one of them. One of the reasons why it took so long is because I got distracted with reading advice from other authors. I spent more hours than I want to admit trying to figure out how I could walk their path and follow their writerly life.
What I should have been doing is determining what I really want and how to carve a path there. I needed to be honest with myself that, in my heart of hearts, I really don’t want to follow any of their examples. I needed to recognize that the best path for me (at least for the foreseeable future) is going to be far from conventional.
It’s this uncoventionality that led me to write this post. Like with the manifesto I wrote in January 2019, it’d only be fair to tell you where I stand so you know where I’m coming from and what my ultimate mission for Apprentice Wordsmith is.