The reason I am writing this blog is not just to express myself or vent, it is to find a way to get my novel known and for people to be interested. To be honest, this blog isn't just about a creative outlet. I am here, also, to commercialize myself and get my name out there.
While it doesn't seem as pure, there isn't anything wrong with this. Most write so that their words can be read. But this is a competitive field that requires luck and a lot of outside work. An author will need to be willing to push some of their hermit ways to the side and get out into the public. How else will people learn of it? You will have to be the one to start the fire of interest.
And this can be hard for a lot of us. To be a writer is to be an artist. And while everyone isn't the same, there is a certain amount of ego and shyness that many artists seem to share. A writer has to have some ego to take this route, there has to be some sort of belief that what you are writing down should be read by at least a few. But, most don't seem comfortable in releasing so much about themselves and their story into the public. It might be a need for perfection, fear of rejection, or any number of things.
The point is, unless you have fabulous connections and recommendations, you're probably not going to get noticed instantly. To catch the eyes of publishers, agents, and audience you will need to put yourself out there to some degree. Go forums, join writing sites, and make your own blog if you don't feel comfortable leaving your room. Join clubs and have friends, classmates, and colleagues read and critique your work if you do feel comfortable with it. You will need to do something.
So, that is one reason why I am here spewing out philosophical, round-about, life-story stuff. I am trying to get myself known. I want people to read and be interested in myself as a writer and the books that I might be writing. You never know who might be reading after all.
It is thanks to my great friend randi lee that I know this. She is a woman who knows what she is talking about. Go and read her blog for great advice on what it takes to write.