Been a while since I used this exercise. I’m a little lost on what to do now. I need to come up with a plan. I have two major writing goals –
- Sell what I have written.
- Write something that will sell.
Did some thinking yesterday and realized the difference between looking for feedback and looking for reviews. Trying to generate reviews is too much yang. I am shifting to the seeking feedback mission. I don’t know if my books are worth reading, so I don’t know how to divide my time between trying to sell what I have and write something better.
There is a very critical time factor. I have kids to support and my paycheck is one problem away from family catastrophe. I can’t afford to unite my family, and the longer we are separated, the greater the risk that I will lose it. My kids are growing up without a father in the house, my girlfriend is struggling to handle everything by herself, and I am unable to share any of the wisdom I learned from my parents and my life.
I need more money, and there is a serious doubt that my writing will ever provide it. I feel like I am being a bad father by spending my time making these notes instead of picking up a second job that will help pay the bills. Unfortunately, the full-time job I have is demanding, and I have physical limitations. Sitting on my ass typing is about all of the extra work I feel able to muster on a continuing basis.
- I HAVE to try to sell what I have written.
- I HAVE to write something better in case quality is why I can’t sell.
My Writing Business
Begging people for reviews is demoralizing and alienating. Asking for feedback is a much stronger goal, but still a push instead of a draw. I should probably be reading how to go about this, but I want to think this through myself before checking my answer.
I need to build a platform. I want to start a new blog focused on a topic that helps develop the Witch’s Rock series at the same time it is building traffic from readers interested in the metaphysics of alchemy applied to politics, religion, education, business, and play.
Most people are focused on the story of “what is.” Alchemy is the story of how the “story of what is” evolves. In the past I have termed this Metaplay (practice), and Metastory (theory). I think these terms are both better than using the term alchemy. Alchemy is an important term also, but risks misinterpretation.
I could begin developing a nonfiction product on Metastory and Metaplay. I could develop the content on this blog, or another URL chosen for it.
Just realized that I can write posts about developing a nonfiction product that makes the product more valuable without the factor of blogging spoilers that my fiction posts create.
- Publish Jump Point: My Secret Alchemical Life, as a Kindle Single.
- Build a WordPress site focused on Metaplay with forum
- Publish post on Metastory
- Publish post on Metaplay
- Publish post on the experience of Awakening and epiphany of Enlightenment
- Post on Politics of Metaplay
- Post on the Religion of Metaplay
- Post on the Education of Metaplay
- Post on the Business of Metaplay
- Post on Sexual Alchemy
I completed the first edition of The Lord’s Bedchamber in 2004, seventeen years ago. Since then I have hammered out a lot of words, much of it published online, and none of it fiction. Even when I write about writing fiction, I am using fiction as a vehicle to share what I learned from my Jump Point metaplay. Given the choice, I would rather write nonfiction, in the same way I would rather be having sex than watching it.
Fortunately, when it comes to writing, I have the choice.
By the way, this post, and the other posts in this form I have taken private, but may return to view, are an example of metaplay. The story moves (evolves) from where the the post begins, to where it ends.