It’s gratifying to publish without gatekeepers, and, because of this freedom, there’s a goldmine of scrappy, unique, and creative posts on TNB.
I enjoy reading the comments sometimes as much or more than the posts.Commenting is a skill, one that I haven’t developed.
TNB thrives on the intelligent, lively, supportive, and witty personalities of its core contributors.
On my TNB year anniversary, I list 20 aspirations and thoughts about my writing (sort of like a New Year’s resolutions list), with the hope that you offer some of yours:
1.I don’t want my work to be a psychological cleansing.
2.Intellectuality can be worse than sentimentality—another form of hiding.
3.I’d like my work to be accessible.
4.Not to say that I’m okay with my writing not being literary.
5.I don’t want my writing to be too careful.
6.I don’t want to lose perspective or humor.
7.I don’t want to ignore the banality of existence.
8.Empathy, empathy, empathy.
9.I want to speak about large ideas in small things.
10.I want my writing to be honest.
11.I don’t want my writing to be reactionary.
12.I want my writing to have a sense of the ridiculousness.
13.I want my work to have a life of its own, beyond my notions of meaning.
14.I want to see what’s beyond the surface, catch glimpses.
15.I want my work to be intuitive, not just observational.
16.I don’t want to write a book that is like someone else’s book.
17.My work must contain an element of risk.I hope to live with this more gracefully.
18.But I don’t want it to be the aforementioned psychological cleansing.It’s not clear to me how to keep my distance or detachment, but at the same time invoke all the honesty, humility, care, and vulnerability that make the writing worthwhile.
19.I don’t want my work to be an attempt at attention, an exploitation of self.I don’t want my writing to be personality-driven—though I do appreciate personality in the writing itself.
20.I want to be a good liar in my fiction, but I don’t want to employ fakery and ignorance.I want my lying to be authentic.