Writing is my life. It's all I yearn to do when I wake in the morning. Since the age of twelve, I have been writing novel-length stories; however, I lacked the confidence to push them into the public eye. Until now!
My latest WIP is something I intend to submit for publication and finally live the dream. In the meantime, I have started a blog called The Adventures of an Average, White Man... (www.paulebailey.com) in order to boost my profile and practice new styles of writing. I have been writing shorter fiction stories on there too, which brings me here.
I intend to publish my short stories and novelettes in order to see how they go down with the wider world. Critique from peers and professionals is necessary if I'm going to realise my ambitions and grow as a writer in the process. I hope you enjoy my work and please be sure to leave reviews.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
This is a question with two answers as I experience different levels of joy from fiction and non-fiction.
Where non-fiction is concerned my joy comes from educating others and evoking lively discussion so that I can learn from others too. I am the kind of person who loves to learn and nothing makes that happen like non-fiction writing whether I'm the author or the reader. Education is invaluable so I will always look at providing and receiving it.
As for fiction writing, it's simply the escape from the norm that brings me the greatest joy. I get to escape to a world of my creation and shut out whatever might be frustrating me in the physical world. The characters and the settings become an extension of me. They become alter egos in a sense. That world is my own and one where I make the rules without the say so of others. That mental freedom is true joy in its purest sense.
What do your fans mean to you?
The idea of having "fans" is a new concept for me and one that has only come about since my foray into blogging. It's a surreal feeling to know that I have a modest, but loyal support base who truly think that my writing is a wonderful thing. They religiously read my posts and always have something to say about them. The thing about it that brings a smile to my face is that these people are not just friends from Facebook trying to give me a boost. No, these are people who found my blog and became fans because they liked what they saw. They're fans of my work as opposed to me and that feels so good. These fans mean everything to me because they are the ones who will throw their collective weight behind me when I finally look to get my WIP traditionally published. It's so refreshing to know I'm not going into the whole thing alone.