I feel I should put my best foot forward here. Instead, I’m going to go ahead and say I’m having some sort of attack.
I can churn out posts with the best of them. But writing for someone else’s blog is just… It’s like cooking in someone else’s kitchen, you know? And worse yet, they’re going to serve whatever you make for dinner. To a party of twenty.
So, about now, you’re asking yourself “What’s all this?” And wondering what I’m going on about. Since I don’t really know, I’ll continue on, as usual, in my pantser style.
Sit. Have a cuppa with me, and let’s talk about guest posts.
What the hell? She’s writing a guest post about guest posts? I know, right? Bear with me.
It’s intimidating. You’re sharing your writing in a space that’s not yours.
Every blogger who interviews, hosts other writers, provides promos, and the like has his or her own set of rules or preferences.
How do you approach them? What topics are interesting? Appropriate? Should you return and reply to comments or do they put police tape up around their comment section? Exactly how offended are they by swears?
Some of you have experienced the torture of submitting a piece for publication or searching for an agent. There are easy-going editors and agents and there are, um…not.
I’ve come across the ones who demand Georgia font, size 11, left justified (no indents), single space with double spacing between paragraphs, a complete recitation of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18 over Skype, and proof of my ability to spin straw into gold. Alas, I can only recite Jabberwocky.
Then there are the ones who ask that you please spell their name correctly.
It’s similar in the blogosphere. Only fair. It’s their blog. It can be daunting, but only if you let it. And here’s the thing. If you’re a writer, blogger, author, whatever, and you’ve been offered a guest post, clearly you’ve gotten the stamp of approval and have the ability to write a coherent, non-puke-worthy post. So ditch the doubt.
My best advice is to read the person’s guidelines and proofread your work. Other than that…write. Just write.
See what you come up with, let them decide if it’s a good fit for their blog, and get out there. I know that is easier said than done for some of us extremely introverted writer types but I assure you it can be done. I will not insult you with “If I can do it, so can you…” but, hey, look at that, I just did.
Get yourself out there. I look forward to reading your posts.
“‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe…”
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About the author
Sarah Brentyn is an introvert who believes anything can be made better with soy sauce and wasabi.
She loves words and has been writing stories since she was nine years old. She talks to trees and apologizes to inanimate objects when she bumps into them.
When she’s not writing, you can find her strolling through cemeteries or searching for fairies.
She hopes to build a vacation home in Narnia someday. In the meantime, she lives with her family and a rainbow-colored, wooden cat who is secretly a Guardian.
No One Escapes Life Unscathed
Delve into the deeper reaches of the human condition and the darkness that lives there.
A girl haunted by her sister’s drowning. A boy desperate for his father’s affection. A woman forced to make a devastating decision. A man trapped by his obsessions.
Experience tales of love, loss, murder, and madness through this collection of flash and micro fiction.
Take a peek behind the smile of a stranger. Get a glimpse inside the heart of a friend. Scratch the surface and discover what is hidden beneath.
These stories will open your mind, tug at your thoughts, and allow you to explore the possibility that, even in the brightest moments, something is Hinting at Shadows.
Author’s Note: Each selection is approximately 100 words, with a bonus section of Microbursts in which each story is told in 50 words or less.
“She is a master at this genre of writing, with twists that are unexpected as they are shocking. no story exceeded 100 words and many, including those that hit hardest, were over in a blink of an eye, yet stayed with you, rocking you to your core.” Extract of Amazon review by Roger Waters.