Since I've written quite a bit about how others have helped me-- often quite selflessly-- it's quite fitting to put some thought into ways I can give back. People reached back over the wall to help pull me over, so when I get the chance, I'm going to reach over and grab someone.
There are three key things, for me, that that entails:
1. Working Writers' Workshops: I've been working the ArmadilloCon Writers' Workshop
for several years, and I'll be running it in 2015. When I was starting
out, attending this particular workshop was a critical step in getting
out of the "every word is gold" phase of writing and taking a hard look
at the work I needed to do. So providing that service to new writers is
2. Being Responsive: No
one is pounding down my doors just yet, but when I do get people asking
me for insight or advice, I take it seriously. That includes at
conventions-- often after a panel I'll get a sense that someone in the
audience wants an extra word or a comment, and I make a point to be
approachable. I mean, to a large degree, that's literally why I'm
there: I learned stuff because people were there for me, I need to be
willing to do the same.
3. Remembering We've All Been There: Every
person working on being a professional writer is on a different place
on their journey, and I think it's crucial to maintain a certain degree
of humility about one's own path. I mean, I doubt anyone who read the
opening chapter to a now-trunked novel that I brought to my first
ArmadilloCon Workshop thought to themselves, "This is the guy who's
going to get a book deal in a few years." We are all works in progress,
and you never know where the next great one is going to come from.
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Paying Forward in the Writing Community
Posted by Marshall Ryan Maresca
Marshall Ryan Maresca is a Fantasy and Science Fiction Novelist, as well as a playwright, living in South Austin with his wife and son. He is the author of the Maradaine Novels:
The Thorn of Dentonhill, A Murder of Mages , The Alchemy of Chaos, An Import of Intrigue , The Holver Alley Crew (Forthcoming), The Imposters of Aventil (Forthcoming)
His work also appeared in Norton Anthology of Hint Fiction and Rick Klaw’s anthology Rayguns Over Texas. He also has had several short plays produced.
Visit his website at mrmaresca.com