Thursday, February 24, 2011

When An Idea Explodes

I've been a blogger for years. I'd always kept some kind of journal on paper and when we finally got a regular (though not always stable) connection to the internet in 1998 I started keeping an online one with Live Journal. I still have my original account and use it...a lot. In fact, it's how I mainly communicate with a very close friend of mine. So, when I bought my author website two years ago, it seemed like a no brainier to have a blog. But I ran into a problem. What was I supposed to talk about? I couldn't very well start blabbing about my personal life. In my mind, my author website is a reflection on me professionally. You don't use it to start spouting about how your spouse didn't do the dishes the night prior and such. I started looking for things to post that would fall in line with my writing that weren't the typical "authory" things.

Two years ago I  welcomed the birth of Six Sentence Sunday. What started as a simple way for me to, honestly, have something to post on my blog related to writing has grown exponentially. Never would have I have imagined it would be what it has become...and growing. So much so, I have to figure out what to do in order to keep up. Which is what I'm going to be doing over the coming weeks.

For those that may be unfamiliar, the concept is easy. Any writer (regardless of published or unpublished status) is invited to submit a link to a blog post they agree to post on Sunday. They can share something they're working on, something recently completed, something out on submission, something contracted or even something the author has for sale. Each Sunday, I post a list of the links and anyone is free to come along and read what participants have shared.

The only catch is the shared excerpt can only be six sentences in length.

Just six? Really? What can you say in only six sentences? Oh, believe can say a whole heck of a lot.

So, consider yourself invited to the party this coming Sunday. There will be the usual sharing of sentences this week, but there will also be a huge giveaway where lots of books up for grabs and all you have to do is comment.


Hailey Edwards said...

I still remember the first time I saw you tweet for Six Sunday and how Dee and I tripped over ourselves to join up.

You can say so much in six sentences. I've bought books because of them. ;)

Sara Brookes said...

I remember thinking "OMG! These two fabulously awesome authors I admire want in on my teeny little idea." LOL

Annie Nicholas said...

Count me in this week. I haven't tried Six Sentence Sunday yet. :D

Hailey Edwards said...

You had a fabulous idea! Obviously, or Six Sunday wouldn't have exploded the way it has. What used to be a thirty minute job getting through a dozen entries is now seventy plus participants, and hitting each stop is impossible.

It's been a blast playing along. :)