Getting Involved – Writing Advice
We’re looking for geeks to make their voices heard.
That was kind of the point of the website after all, it’s not just about me and Tim ranting about stuff that we think is important because what we actually think is important is you guys. We’d like for you to join us, write about something that matters to you for us to share.
I am not an expert, not even a little bit. I am an enthusiast, and an enthusiastic one at that, but I am by no means a professional. Although I’ve been looking back over a lot of my previous work and there is a lot of difference between me then and me now, that’s a fact. I have learned a great deal, I’ve improved but I’ve also realised where I can still improve.
So here’s what little advice I have to offer on the matter of writing:
Writing is not difficult, sad but true. You can read a battery of advice on how to write, techniques, literary devices, form and structure, but like any art form the best way to begin is not by knowing how to write, but what to write.
You know what you like, what you’re passionate about, and those things that you drive you insanely geeky. You’ve already thought of that one subject that you feel you could talk about for hours, divide into a dozen categories on which you could probably give a speech, and even then you’d wonder if you’d dried up the well of knowledge. All you need to do is start the conversation in your head and start writing it down, and the confidence with which you can talk on your chosen subject will come across in your writing.
Are you a gamer? Do a game review. You like anime? Maybe compare a few series, or discuss a character trope. Bibliophile? We don’t write enough about books around here.
Have you done it yet?
Ok I’ll wait, just come back to me when you’re done.
Now look at what you’ve written. Pass it to someone else, have them read it, someone you trust who won’t sugar coat it for you and tell you exactly what’s wrong with your work. It’s bad, isn’t it. It has a lot of fervour and makes some excellent points, but there are a lot of sections that don’t read quite right and maybe some sentences that are incomplete or have some major grammatical errors. I should know, I’ve read a lot of my own work, there are mistakes and sloppy writing all over the place.
That brings us to the next step, endless, torturous practice. Writing, rewriting, throwing it all out and starting again.
I actually started writing about seven years ago, a few optimistic articles with designs for a Dungeons & Dragons setting, a bunch of creatures and things that I planned to send in to their contributions page but I never finished anything. I’ve read them since then, they were lousy, but there’s still some really cool things in there. Seven years later I feel like I can actually tell you, yes you how to write, and it’s a simple matter of just writing constantly, getting people to read it until you hate them and their stinking opinions, but carrying on until you’re happy with it.
Start somewhere, and start with us. Your passions and your geeky interests are all we want to hear, and we’ll share them with the world. We don’t care about the quality, we just want to hear what you have to share.