Conventional wisdom about writing is conventionally wrong.
It’s time to expand this little blog.
I’ve taken on journalism and PR interns before, college kids looking for a platform and a place to get clips. Was happy to do it. They’ve graduated and are off in the world, kicking butt.
Soon, I’ll be insanely busy for about six months, and people will wonder if I’m alive until and I re-emerge like a groundhog crawling from his hole and blinking at the sunlight, except whether I see my shadow won’t portend anything momentous, like spring, winter or nuclear winter, and Bill Murray won’t kidnap me in a pickup truck, despite the fact I would happily participate.
When people ask to do guest posts, I’ve been all, “Get off my lawn” in the worst Old Grouchy Clint Who Talks to Chairs way, not the young, hipper Clint Who Says Nothing While Shooting Everyone in those amazing spaghetti Westerns.
Until now. Because I can’t write All The Things while doing my day job and magically finishing novels on weekends.
From this day forth, Red Pen of Doom is open to guest posts.
Common-sense rules apply: no point in reprinting whatever you’ve also posted to your blog, and yes, that includes whatever shiny new thing Silicon Valley invented this week that college kids are using while Grandma is busy posting every embarrassing photo of you from 7th grade on Facebook, which is so 2005.
Also: every guest post should be in character with the rest of the blog.
That means finding interesting things–books, movies, music videos, ads, speeches, weird news, photographs–that are either (a) insanely good or (b) horrifyingly bad, then (c) taking them apart to see why they are the epitome of excellence or the worst of the worst.
Mediocre things, of whatever type and variety, are neither fun nor interesting. We let them wallow in their sad, lukewarm, mediocre juices.
If you want a more regular gig, dive deep on whatever topic you love, whether it’s zombies movies or novels about men in kilts and the women who love them.
I’ve gotten to know writers, editors and speechwriters all over the globe from this little blog, and there’s a ton of talent out there. Some of you don’t have an established home on the interwebs to post your stuff.
Pick a day and your favorite thing. Go for it.
I don’t monetize this site, so there’s are no suitcases stuffed with twenties involved. HOWEVER: for anyone who needs clips, a reliable platform that isn’t starting from scratch and a spiffy title that looks good on your resume, we should talk.
Here are the days and categories, along with possible niches and fancy titles I made up right now.
That’s the fun part: nothing is off limits.
Sample post: ICE, ICE BABY as interpreted by the Red Pen of Doom
Sample post: Why NaNoWriMo is noble nuttiness–and 8 steps to make it easier (WordPress put this on the front page)
Sample post: How weird news teaches us great storytelling (WordPress put this on the front page, too—thanks, guys)
Sample post: Some of my favorite editors OF ALL TIME
Sample post: Top 10 Myths of Journalism School
Sample post: Zombie movies are NOT standard horror movies
Anything goes here. This blog could be called Land of the Insanely Fast First Drafts, and I do nothing in terms of search optimization and all that technical internet stuff. I drink coffee, type 124 words per minute and hit publish. Some of you are experts in this stuff.
How this works
Just get in touch however you like–the comment section of this post, on Twitter @speechwriterguy or via secret emails. Happy to chat, and best of luck with whatever you’re working on.
Reformed journalist. Scribbler of speeches and whatnot. Represented by Jill Marr of the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.