This is my first post for the AML, and as I was considering what I might write, a glorious revelation came to me. I can write about ANYTHING I want. I write for two other blogs, my own personal blog, and the Writing on the Wall blog. On those two separate spaces, I’m not exactly free to write whatever I want. For Writing on the Wall, it’s strictly about writing. It’s about grammar, the question of to-outline, or not-to-outline. It’s about queries, edits, and research.
You would imagine I should be free to write what I want on my personal blog—after all, it’s mine, but it isn’t exactly a free-to-be-me zone. I have national publishing aspirations and work to keep the posts targeted to a national audience. It is my public personality. I delve into personal stuff sometimes, but it’s kept light, and it’s very seldom about religion. Religious posts happen on occasion, but it isn’t the focus.
Religion and writing.
Those are two very important halves of my life. I feel fortunate to write in the LDS market where I can allow those halves to spill over onto each other. But when I began the hunt for a national agent to represent my national works, I decided it would be best if my blog didn’t share that spill-over. And now here I am — liberated. I can speak of writing and religion together — all in one place.
A brief introduction to me: I have always loved writing and always wanted to grow up to be something that had something to do with writing. But that didn’t necessarily mean that I always wanted to be an author specifically. I wanted to be an advertising agent, a lyricist, a poet, a screenwriter, a teacher, an editor, and yes — author was on the list too, but that was a pretty long list, and author was just one of a million opportunites. As long as I was writing something, I didn’t much care what I did. And then tenth grade and Mr. Cowden happened. He told me I’d never be an author. I hate it when people tell me what to do. So that decided the matter. I would be an author — if for no other reason than to irritate that man.
We all have varying levels of writing. We all have different interests in literature and our own ideas of what constitutes real literature. Some of you are poets, some of you are scholars, some of you write commercial fiction, some write histories—personal and otherwise. But we all share something incredibly important.
It’s all about the words. No matter where any of us are in our writing, we all share the love of words. And regardless of what goals we have for our writing—all the words matter. We all love words and fill the niches we feel most comfortable in. The romance writer isn’t greater than the mystery writer. The fantasy writer isn’t greater than the non-fiction writer. The lyricist is not greater than the poet. The guy creating amazing ad copy is just as important as the guy keeping a personal journal. It’s about the words, and fulfilling that divine spark to desire creating something from nothing. I consider that a hereditary gene passed down from our Father in Heaven. And I’m glad to be here in a place where I can give Heavely Father credit without censure. I look forward to getting to know you all better.