Hi. I’m Allison. I’m introducing myself. I’m a writer.
It’s an odd choice for the title of this blog and the intro because, well, I’ve been writing here for a while, and a few of you may know me. Also because this is actually my final post here on Writer Unboxed. But it’s also not so odd because this was the title of my very first post, written seven and a half years ago here on Writer Unboxed. Yes, after a very, very long time (ions in our industry), I’m hanging up my blogging hat. I’ve already done so on my website, and after much thought, I’m doing so here.
Why stop now?
Well, though it feels impossible, I’ve run out of things to say. These days, there are so many wise voices out there imparting excellent advice and experience that I trust that readers are in great hands. Since my first post here, I’ve written five books, published at three different houses, had four different editors, and ultimately, opted to self-publish. I’ve shared the roller-coaster and when I could, offered ways that readers could do as I had (or in a few cases, not do as I had!). But sometimes, as in all things in life, it’s best to know when it’s time to shut up and reflect, and I guess I’ve reached that point. That point where I’m ready to be a listener and apply this quiet space to my writing. I’d never have imagined it but the quiet space is comforting now: I gravitate less to Twitter, away from chatter and blogs and comment sections, totally content not to document every last thing. (When and why have we become a society who documents every last thing? As if we don’t document it, it didn’t actually happen.) To instead, save some of that for me. My characters. My writing. My home life.
Which is why I started this post with the same way that I started my very first post: introducing myself.
It’s pretty damn amazing to look back on my seven-year path from debut novelist to, well, I guess I’m allowed to call myself a veteran writer now. My career has taken on so many different shapes, and I truly mean it when I say I never could have anticipated the best of times, nor my lowest moments. And I offer that notion because as writers, we often define ourselves by our latest project: how did our last book sell?; did any agents say yes?; did any publishers bite? But ultimately, we should define ourselves by a wider span, by who we start as and who we evolve into and who we’ll be when we get to wherever we end up. Will I be a novelist forever? Gosh, I don’t know. Maybe? Does it matter? Maybe I’ll read this post in seven years and think: wow! Look how far I’ve come. I hope I will. If I don’t, I’m doing something wrong.
So yes, hi, I’m Allison. I’ve written five books and am halfway done my sixth. My sixth novel! I’d never have imagined. I mean it. But I’ll keep going, keep writing, keep doing what feels right – whether it’s popping by WU to say hi every once in a while or just sitting back and observing, which is equally as important – and hopefully, my reinvention will continue long after the next seven years. I hope yours does too.
Thanks for having me for so long. I’ve loved my time here and loved the comments and the insights and the support and even the occasional scuffles. :) I’m often on Twitter at @aswinn (though a little less these days) and Facebook on my author page, so come on over and say hi there.
Keep writing, everyone. This career is about so much more than just one moment. It’s about a lifetime.