Building your writing reputation can help you get off on the right foot when you start gaining traction with your writing.
I sometimes worry that, although I am writing fiction, readers may try to “decode” the story by retracing my steps to find the original sliver of my reality that served as the starting point, and then take it one step too far to try and decode me.
I feared that I would end up putting so much time and effort into something that just wouldn’t work.
Now, I’m in Ames, nervous and excited and ready as I’ll ever be for this new phase of my writing life.
Alongside the resume I regularly update, I have another document that gets a similar treatment that’s almost like my resume’s shadow.
Over the course of the four novels, I became so familiar with the voice of the point of view character, a woman named Elena Greco, that I felt myself unconsciously starting to write in it.
I was most excited about writing when I felt I was learning the most about it.