I’m pleased to have the opportunity to participate in WordPress’s Blogging 101 this month. To that end, my first assignment is to write a post explaining “who I am and why I’m here.”
Who I Am
My name is Amy Morris-Jones, and I’m a Michigan women’s fiction and short story writer.
Why I’m Here
I started a blog because writers are told they need to have an author platform. Writing is more a hobby for me than a profession, but I decided I should follow that advice, and my blog was born. But once I started the blog, I wasn’t sure what I was supposed to write about.
- Should I write about my writing process? That’s not the most exciting thing in the world, and there are those who are far more experienced and have plenty to write about. However, I do sometimes write about writing when I have something to contribute to the conversation.
- Should I write about what I read? Since reading is so integral to the writing process, I write the occasional book review as well as chart my progress on PopSugar’s 2016 Reading Challenge.
- Should I post my own writing? I’ve found a great group of flash fiction writers online, and I’ve been participating in their weekly challenges, which keep my creativity flowing and get my work into the world more often.
- What else should I write about? It occurred to me one day as I was researching that others might be interested in what inspires me. My home state of Michigan is my writing muse—the lakes, forests, people, struggles—so I often post tidbits of Michigan history and activities that act as the inspiration for my writing.
Thank you to all of those who have been reading my rambling thoughts here. Your kind words, advice, and suggestions are helping me find my way!