Confession time: people seem to think that I’m a better writer than I actually am. Having to deal with that perception, having to live up to that perception causes me a lot of stress. It causes me to doubt my abilities. Sometimes, I have crippling doubts about myself and what I’m capable of doing.
There have been times when I’ve snagged some very good gigs or assignments, and I was overwhelmed by the sense that I was over my head. That I couldn’t handle the work. That I wasn’t good enough.
Yes, kids, even after 25+ years of slinging a keyboard to earn my keep I still suffer from impostor syndrome, being:
marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a “fraud”.
Every writer eventually winds up with that piece of writing. You finish or come close to finishing something, but it’s not quite right. It didn’t turn out the way you expected it to. The piece doesn’t sing, it doesn’t soar. The core, the heart, of that piece of writing is there but the rest of it doesn’t really work.
When that happens, you have a difficult choice to make: do you salvage that piece of writing or do you abandon it? Here’s some advice that can help you make the choice.
Some of you might remember my now-defunct newsletter News from Somewhere. I published it fortnighly for a little over a year before pulling the plug. That was hard to do, but there were a number of reasons for that. Mainly, having to do other work to subsidize the newsletter which sapped the time and energy I needed to maintain it.
After a lot of thought and planning, I’ve revived News from Somewhere on Patreon on Patreon.
By publishing via Patreon, I’m hoping to entertain and inform and occasionally annoy my patrons with essays, running between 800 and 2,000 words, published every two weeks. The topics of those essays will vary. I’ll talk about technology, travel, culture, politics, and just about anything else that captures my imagination.
Why the wide range of topics? A friend of mine once said that I have a roaming mind. He meant that as a compliment (at least I think he did!). A lot interests me, and what grips my attention will vary from week to week. When an idea has a grip on my attention, I tend to think deeply about it. And I often try to write about it.
If this is the first time you’ve read any of my work, I hope you’ll be pleasantly surprised. My take on just about everything is slightly different from what you read online or in print. With my writing, I hope to take you places that you might not have considered going.
If you were one of the fives of subscribers to my newsletter, I plan to continue where I left off when I sent the newsletter to the digital glue factory in June, 2016. You might recognize some of the essays that I’ll be publishing here. They won’t be the same ones that you read. In the interim, I’ve rethought and rewritten them. I’ve expanded upon them with new information and new thoughts.
My Patreon project isn’t just about writing essays. I’ll also be sending my patrons a weekly newsletter that complements and supplements the essays that I publish. You’ll get links, analysis, and reviews.
On top of that, I’m hoping to reach the point where I can donate 10% of what I earn to a cause or organization that I support.
If you’re interested, you can learn more on my Patreon creator page.