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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Let's start with the beginning....

It's a very good place to start.

Really, starting -- just starting -- is the main thing. It doesn't have to be exactly the final product you envision in your head. Who writes their masterpiece in the first draft?

That's what the 'delete' key is for.

Conditions will never be perfect. You'll never have the perfect balance of noise to silence, lighting, comfortable chair, and inspiration all at the same time. Doesn't work that way.
But I do have to keep reminding myself of that, more often than I care to admit to myself, let alone in public.

Nope. Accountability is the word here. Discipline. Structure. Work Ethic.

And Courage.

Add all of that to a bit of Imagination and Initiative, and with a whole lot of Luck, you've got yourself the recipe for Success. In whatever your endeavor is: cooking, music, art, writing . 

Wise Words: Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained.

So here it is-- my first blog. Welcome.
Let's use it to spread Good Writing Karma and support to everybody out there looking for their own brand of success.
Are you putting those first words on paper? Ready to upload your novel on Smashwords ?
Or are you trying to come out of lurkdom and join the conversation on a blog for the first time?

Maybe you're like me, sharing your thoughts and knowledge, taking your first steps into the blogosphere.

If there's anything to learn about social media and networking it's this:
We Are Not Alone.
(And no, that's not just a shameless plug for Kristen Lamb's book on social networking. But go buy it -- it's worth every penny. http://www.whodareswinspublishing.com/)

Do you need encouragement to try something new? Starting a new venture, or just getting around to that pesky New Year's resolution? Acting on a dream or a goal?

Let me know, because we're in this community of writers all learning together. Great thing about the internet: you self-educate, at your own pace. No question is too dumb to ask. Cool, huh?

Some of us, like me,  know next to nothing.
Hopefully you'll follow this blog for DearWriterMason: All those questions on genre, formatting, epublishing, blogging, craft, twitter, ...but were afraid to ask.  I'm no expert, but I can direct you to some who are, and to some sites you may find interesting, and together we'll learn.
If you ARE an expert, or just know waaaay more than the rest of us on any of the above, or other things like grammar, blogging stats, epublishing formats, writing the perfect query or pitching to an agent or editor without embarrassing flopsweat....
Welcome! Here's a forum -- use it!

Others of us just need encouragement and permission to call ourselves a "writer": Use the good notebook. Download that lesson. Buy that online workshop. Invest in yourself.

So tell me... where is your journey leading you today? And how may I help you?


  1. Woo-hoo! Great first entry! Excellent advice, too!

  2. You've already helped me, Sweet Pamela...by Paying It Forward to those wonderful writers coming behind us.

    Well done, Girlfriend!!!

    I'll be right here cheering you on!!!

  3. Wonderful blog. I am excited as a new writer to learn a lot from all my new writer friends!

  4. What a great first post! Well done!! :)You have helped to motivate me more!

  5. I think of done more for myself as a writer since meeting you and the rest the HP gang than I did the entire rest of my life. I might actually be motivated to work some today...

  6. WTG, Pamela for taking the first steps to marketing yourself. It's wonderful to pay it forward~I completely believe in Karma and quid pro quo. Behind you all the way!

  7. Congratulation on the launch of your blog! I followed a Twitter link from D.D. Scott, and was especially interested as I just launched my blog today, too! I look forward to stopping by often and wish you the best of luck!

  8. Tonight you sigh and say, "I'm launched!"
    Congratulations on the new blog!
    Be assured there are *boot-kickin'* supporters cheering you on :-)

  9. You go lady! So proud of you and how far you've come in such a short time. Congratulations on one terrific launch!

  10. You are on your way now. Bravo, my friend! :-)

  11. Congrats! Your new blog is very inspiring!
    I will be following. I have to agree about the wonderful encouraging and friendly community of writers I have been accepted into as well!

    I just started my author blog a couple weeks ago too!

  12. I am so glad you have joined the blogging world! And yes, you have inspired me, along with Pam Asberry, to update my blog as it has been almost a year (GASP) since I've posted anything. *clunks head on desk*

    BUT we Cajuns need to support each other,right? So I shall update my blog this weekend. Thanks and congrats on the blog post!


  13. Yay, you! Awesome blog you have here. You are an inspiration to she who has updated every blog but her own.

    I agree with you wholeheartedly that the key to most projects is to a) get started and b) pick yourself up and start again when you falter.

    Keep on keepin' on,

  14. Hi Pamela! Congrats on your new blog - I'll be sure to stop by, especially if you post a regular notice on FB about new entries as a reminder. I use FB as my "information central". :-)

    Looking forward to your blogs! - Leslie T

  15. Welcome to the blogging world. It can be crazy.

    My journey is leading me back to the Verizon store today for the 4th time in about as many days. (sigh) This is cutting into my writing time. Don't think you can help me with that or the Five Spots that don't want to work for me.

    Good luck with your writing!

  16. I am looking forward to learning with all of you guys! Sometimes there is so much to learn it can feel overwhelming. It helps to know that other people are out there learning along with me!


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