The leader of a writers’ workshop I attended years ago, recommended that each of us in the room resolve to develop a website before seeking a publisher. Our immediate reaction was “Why?” What would be the point of having a landing strip on the Internet without having published books to promote? Rather than angst over my own credibility issue, I decided to view it as a learning experience to exercise my mind. Create Your Writer Platform by Chuck Sambuchino and WordPress: the missing manual (2nd Edition) by Matthew MacDonald gave me the information and technical skills I needed to follow that advice. One problem I did have throughout this process, was my inability to choose a single niche to occupy on the Internet. I am not an “expert” in any subject, as many claim to be, so until now, I have focused on those subjects that have interested me the most over the years, and in particular, creative writing.
I soon discovered a wealth of resources offering free advice and encouragement to aspiring authors, so I knew there was little I could add to the well of information already available online. Yet perhaps there was one small corner of the web that remained uncrowded. I wondered whether writing fiction about my “third culture kid” (TCK) experiences as a child and teen, would resonate with others of similar background. (Also, I couldn’t help but reflect on my own writing process and insights, despite knowing the field had already been sown and harvested millions of times over the years.)
Growing up in Japan between the ages of eight and eighteen meant that by the time my family returned home to Canada, I’d spent my formative years–half my life–immersed in a second culture. This is why, like many others who share a similar background, I occasionally self-identify as an adult “third culture kid” (TCK) or adult “cross-cultural-kid” (CCK.) For my take on what these sociological terms have meant to me personally, click here or on the TCK menu tab above. Years ago, a Google search for “third culture kids” yielded very few results; today, the same search provided me with millions of hits–not hundreds or thousands, but millions! It’s no wonder many TCKs of all ages hope to meet fictional characters who reflect their unique experiences in the books they read, sharing the same longing to be understood as those from other diverse backgrounds.
Although authors–both past and present–are quoted frequently for the insights they’ve provided on the craft of writing, I selected the following advice for its simple statement of fact. In 1775 Boswell noted that “The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading…” Had he been alive today, he might have added, “and performing research on the Internet”. I hope you will take the time to check out my other page tabs in the Menu above. Thanks for visiting!