I forgot to tell you I was in this list. I don’t know what it means, but I’m super flattered.
I’m starting to learn how to function ‘writing on the road’, so for my subscribers, and for anyone who is interested, here’s my wisdom so far.
Things get fucked up a lot and you forget why you first started writing. I taught a class at Confetti in how to tell stories in Twine recently, and ended with a Q&A. They often asked about ‘games journalism’ and I was incredibly grumpy until I remembered: it’s great to be able to write and be paid for it in any capacity.
But further than that, I just love to write.
As if to remind me, a friend who I started writing long-form ‘letters’ to last year when he moved across the world sent me this wonderful thing, which I asked permission to give you in full (he remains anonymous, but suffice to say, I think he’s a top notch writer, extremely talented, with the same sort of confidence problems I had, or have). He reminded me of why I like to write, and why his writing to me in the profound way he did was good for the soul. He also reminded me to take time over what I write, particularly when it is personal. I hope one day we will find the guts to publish our private letters. But for now they stay in our mailboxes, fermenting.
Anyway, I hope you find his ‘rules for responding’ as profound as I did. I try to use them to make me consider how important words are.