Greetings, and welcome to my author blog! As it says at the top, I am Ryan Crown, aspiring fantasy/sci-fi novelist. You can read more about me and this blog on my About Ryan page. So I guess the first question to answer here is simple: Why write a blog? The easy answer to this is that all the experts online insist that it is essential for successful authors to have a blog. Even before you have anything published to promote, you should be building your author brand through your blog. So here I am!
But beyond that, I do really like the idea of connecting with my readers, and having a place to post short fiction and character profiles and behind-the-scenes information about my stories and my writing process. And along the way there will be plenty of random posts on the many topics I have an interest in/passion for, such as movies, music, comics, etc.
My goal to start out is to have a new post up every Friday. They might not be very long (or they may ramble on much longer than they should), but there should be something up every week. Want to know when the latest post is up? Then sign up for my mailing list! Just enter your name and e-mail address in the form on the left hand side of my page. I promise never to spam your inbox, and will only e-mail you when there’s something new on the blog.
Before I bring this quick little intro post to a close, I suppose I should say a little bit about my writing. At the moment I’m working on a fantasy adventure novel (hopefully the first in a series) featuring a bounty hunter and his compatriots. The outline is done and I’m ready to start the first draft. It’s on temporary hold, however, as I have decided to participate in National Novel Writing Month.
For those who haven’t heard of this, it is an annual writing event, with the goal being to write at least 50,000 words of a first draft during the month of November. This will be my first time participating, so we will see how it goes. I’ll be sure to post updates on my progress over the month (which will likely be all I have time to post, as the bulk of my available time will be focused on my novel).
On the plus side, the one month delay while I wait for NaNoWriMo to start has given me time to do some additional world-building for the setting of my novel, as well as focus on some of the business aspects of being an author – such as putting together this website. That being said, I am really looking forward to November and jumping into writing my first draft.
In closing, I’d just like to say thanks for checking out my site. I will strive to make this an enjoyable and entertaining enough place to keep you coming back. And I’d love to get your feedback, so feel free to post a comment – What did you like? What did you not like? Have ideas for future posts? Let me know! All I ask is that you keep your comments polite and relatively family friendly. Thanks!