What Is Plotberry?

I am an amateur.

And I don’t say that to absolve myself of any effort in doing this blog. I don’t say that to fish for compliments that unwisely say otherwise. I don’t say it even just on the off-chance a little voice inside me gets a stubborn kick and says “Let’s not get carried away.” Because I am stubborn, and I am egotistical. But I’m also realistic.

Realistically, I’m an amateur at this.

This being the blog you chose to read. This, the product of my egotism rearing and fulfilling the need to talk about myself in yet another forum on the Internet. So take what you find here with a grain of salt. If you enjoy something you read, if anything insults you, if you find yourself thinking that you never thought about XYZ in quite that way, just remember: an amateur wrote it. But at least I’m self-aware.

John Steinbeck wrote: “And now that you don’t have to perfect, you can be good.” Does it hit you where it hit me? Do you see what he’s saying? It’s a poetic version of the first line of my post, but with the existential peace of mind that everyone likes. I am an amateur. I can make as many mistakes as I need to, in order to achieve my goal.

My goal is to help you write better, reader. The only way I know how to do this is by a proverbial shoulder-shrug, hands-up, I-don’t-know-but-this-is-how-I-do-it-though approach. And I will show you how I do it. I’ll oversaturate, so that the odds of you finding something helpful is higher. Here’s how:

Shameless Sundays. Let’s make my narcissism twice fold! I wrote a manuscript to a YA novel, and in the process of getting it published. This feels like a part time job, so every Sunday I’ll post about where I am with this strange journey.

Results May Vary. A series in which I talk at length about my technique for outlining, writing dialogue, the editing process, my approach to denouements, etc. All extremely subjective.

How-To. I’m going to put my foot down and show you what I think is the most effective way to do different things. Topics include starting your own writer’s group, how to query your manuscript, the best kind of critique to give, etc.

My Friends Are Smarter Than Me. They sure are, and you’ll see why when they guest post!

Resources. Hashtag recommendations, writing playlists on Spotify, character name lists, websites for writers, writing apps, and probably more! If I found it helpful, I’ll make sure the world knows.

I want to be good at helping people. There’s almost nothing that makes me happier than when I put pen to paper, but helping my fellow writer is a close second. Maybe we’ll never shake the amateur label we give ourselves, but is that really such a bad thing? I don’t think so.

Thanks for reading. Let’s write.