Part of the writing process is editing: getting a response from your editor about what needs to be changed, and how the story can be made more readable, easier for your audience to understand and learn from. When I started writing, I was really resistant to the writing idea: I put out my best ideas when I sent you the draft, if I had the answers you’re looking for, I would have put them in the draft. It’s not about the editor trying to tell you what to write, it’s about a “second set of eyes,” a different perspective on the story.
I have a major article I’m working on now that needs to be revised after the edits I’ve been given. In a way, I’m starting the story all over again, with another round of setting up interviews, researching and then sitting down to write. Now to find time to start again…
My newest project, in an attempt to get more attention to the websites I’m responsible for promoting, is a podcast. Surprisingly there are a coverage areas that aren’t already being covered by a podcast (though the podcast “industry” would have you believe that the high point for the field has already passed). I have some basic hardware, thanks to research and Amazon. I know how to interview people, and a podcast skips the step of actually writing the article. Maybe this will be ideal for me. Now the trick is to find subjects for a podcast. I have a few mind; it’s just a matter of scheduling appointments.
A lot of the podcasts I listen to have set up Patreon pages or even read ad copy on their shows. I plan to get there one say, but I should probably start attracting listeners first, hm? Doing a podcast will also get me out in the social media sphere too — I can promote my show on those sites, and get the conversation going. More to come as I focus on this.
This is our photo from the article. Notice the focus on the people who aren’t me.
My article on transracial adoption (I never hear anyone say that, I always use the term “inter-racial”) published in FYI (a sister publication of Encore, or you can find it on the website) this week. I don’t often talk about myself or my family in my writing, as I’ve mentioned more than once on this blog, but I got a good response from the story — it’s been shared several times on Facebook and via print copies.
Talking about yourself seems to be the path to success: there are some people (think vloggers or people on Instagram) who have made it a career. Maybe it’s just a hurdle I need to get over. At the same time, talking with people about the article has shown me that I could almost write a sequel to it, with more information on different aspects of the adoption process. I mostly talked about parents who adopted, and the number of adoptions in Michigan, but talking it from the other side, interviewing adults who were adopted, would be just as interesting. Maybe I need to wait another few decades until my son is old enough to answer those questions.