To all the fans of the BWP:
First, I want to say thank you for those who’ve listened to me stumble and fall and struggle to rise again over the course of 15 episodes.
Thanks to all the authors who took time out of their day to be asked long-winded, multi-part questions about writing and the writing process.
Thanks to those who sent me emails and DMs of encouragement, those who followed the half-hearted social media pages I created, and to those who were willing to give a piece of their hard-earned paychecks to the Podcast’s Patreon page.
Really, it meant so much.
If you’re worried that this post is about the end of the podcast, you are wrong. I’m not ending the show, have no plans to do so any time in the future.
Rather, this post serves as a kind of apology – and an explanation.
In my last episode, I said I would be taking a little break and then coming back in December with the new episode release model. I had every intention on doing this, but I’m afraid I have found I cannot hold myself to the deadlines I set at this time.
You see, dear fans and listeners and fellow writers, I am like many of you in that I do not talk unless I have something to say.
When I started the show, I had a lot to say, and so did you.
But, right now…
Well. Things change.
Our world is filled with empty, soulless fluff – click-bait designed to make the “content creators” money off the adds they allow on their sites when you visit them.
Well, you should all know by now that I think that’s fucking bullshit, and I refuse to allow myself to sink to that level.
The goal of the podcast was and is to connect writers over the act of writing, to shine some light on what it actually means to live a #writerslife so that no one embarking on this incredible journey feels alone or worried that they’re not “doing it right.”
I believe in this message with all my heart, and want to continue to spread it through engaging episodes and interesting author/writer talks.
But I don’t think I’ll be doing it again until the start of the new year.
NaNoWriMo 2019 (and honestly, the podcast too) woke up a part of my brain that’s been asleep for many years – the part that opened the door for story after story to come to me when I was younger.
Now that door is opened again, and my fingers can barely move fast enough to keep up. It would do you guys, the show and myself a great dishonor if I were to ignore these stories in favor of just talking about them – because how else can you possibly learn how to write and to write well without actually writing?
So, that’s what I’m doing right now. And I don’t have the energy to both write this much and do a weekly or bi-weekly or even monthly podcast on writing while I doing so.
When I get into a block (inevitable) or find myself without an urgent deadline, I will hook up my mic and record something that I hope is worth while.
After all, I think we agreed in one episode that quality trumps quantity, right?
The Bad Writer’s Podcast was named in honor of all the writers who find themselves unwilling or unable to follow “the rules” – and I am one of them. One of the MAJOR rules I’m about to break involves the act of putting out regular content, be it marketing or otherwise, in order to stay connected to and grow my follower base.
Maybe that will change, but for now I’m dropping any attempt to keep a “regular recording schedule.”
I’m calling this my “sneak-up-and-surprise-’em” method, and it takes a lot of the pressure off and I hope results in more genuine, high-quality things for you guys to listen to, learn from, and enjoy.
I hope to continue to hear from you guys, be it suggestions or comments or questions or requests for an interview, which I am keeping open* during this “semi-hiatus.”
I hope this is acceptable, but I understand that to some of you it won’t be. That’s okay.
All we can do on a given days is our best, and sometimes that looks worse than other days.
Consider this me trying to take my own advice. No one likes a hypocrite.
For now, writers, keep writing. Happy Holidays & Happy New Year.
*If you are interested in setting up a time to be interviewed for the show, awesome – fill out the contact form on this site, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or DM me on twitter @rf_writing. Please note that I am ONLY interviewing writers and authors of FICTION.