(Cut me some slack, okay? What would you use for a picture about going serial?)
Though I’ve been writing professionally for only a few years, I’ve been sarcastically commenting on life since I could write (for proof, check out my original blog). I never considered it a talent. It was just something I did for fun, but then people started noticing.
They commonly asked: why don’t you write a column? Good idea, but it’s not that easy. As you writers know, I can write as many commentaries as I want, but if they don’t fit into a market or a publisher’s guidelines, they’re going to stay on my computer. Besides, there are a lot of people commenting on a lot of random things. If I decided to put together a column, I’d want a theme, something to set me apart from the thousands of other people who think they’re comments are entertaining. Without a theme, I decided not to try.
Then I got married.
Perhaps the best thing that’s ever happened to my writing is my husband. I was telling a story about him at a writer’s convention last summer and after a published author stopped laughing she told me I had to put his quirks into my characters. He’s just that…special.
He’s so unique that he’s even given himself a nickname – Yooper Stewart (you can get a quick into on that here). Every day we’re together he says, does, or pantomimes things that make me laugh until I toot. I just don’t think I should hog all of his wonderfulness, so I started posting things on my Facebook. Then I tweeted about him. And now he’s a regular on my personal blog, The Ramblings.
As I’ve been writing down his witticisms I’ve discovered that I could write about him forever. Each day he brings something new to the table. While I found myself praying that his something new was something he paid for and not just a freebie he found on the side of the road, I also found myself composing in my head. How can I possibly share this with others so they, too, can laugh at, er…I mean with my husband?
I’ve decided to go serial (if Justin Beiber can go viral, I can go serial). I don’t have a market yet, so I don’t have any specific guidelines either. What I do have are dozens and dozens of stories waiting to be shared, and I’m the person to do it. And I’m not just saying that because I have the writing experience. I’m saying that because I’ve seen my husband type – it’s not pretty.
QUESTION: What columns are your favorites to read? Why?