You’ve tried to write like a son of a b*tch. Now what?

December 2, 2012


Greetings. If you’ve taken part in National Write Like a Son of a B*tch Month for the month of November 2012 (thanks, Jim Carroll, for inspiring the name), please set down your pencils at this time. We realize it’s unlikely any of you were actually writing with pencils. But let’s be old school for a bit. Plus, this gives us the opportunity to deploy more pencil clip art. Below, then, are closing steps for your participation in the debut of W-SOB month.


PENCILS, DOWN: We thank you for participating (all 7 or 8 of you) and we encourage you to drop us a line about any increased levels of writing, however small and seemingly inconsequential, you were able to complete this past month. Also, please consider sending the finest couple of paragraphs you believe you wrote during the month (up to 10 paragraphs maximum or two poems) and we’ll consider republishing your words in WestVirginiaVille with a little something about yourself. So, send an 11th paragraph with your short bio. Send to: Contact Us.

MAIL AND DELIVER: Send no less than 10 and no more than 100 pages and/or screens of your writing to your W-SOB partner (to use the official designation, your Compatriot in Composition or CIC). We encourage you to snail-mail your partner actual paper printouts or copies of your writing — again, old school. When was the last time someone mailed you words, huh? It’ll be like getting a nice long letter. Yet if this is, like, way too much of a hassle and since W-SOB Month is all about boosting writing discipline without making your life Already Harder Than It Already Is, feel free to e-mail your W-SOB final document to your CIC.

The official designation of this final piece, BTW, is your WIW document (pronounced ‘whew‘ ). It may be a random splurge of words. It may be a highly edited selection of what you’ve written during the month. It may be a serious revision of an existing work that you finally got to edit to your satisfaction. It may be a long complaint that you were hardly able to write anything during the month except for this complaint and sorry excuse for an effort. But after all, even when write about not being able to write, and get all whiny and stuff, that’s is still writing and should be done with verve.

So, to sum up:
Send your WIW to your CIC, ASAP, OK?

FEEDBACK LOOP: In sending off your WIW, we suggest you add a note to your CIC as to what level of feedback you desire:

No Level: I have no expectations and do not wish to send anything but my final document.

Level One: I request NO feedback on what I’ve sent. I was just happy to have gotten through the month and I feel what I am sending is probably about as substantial and writerly as the ingredient list on a box of Captain Crunch, as you can see that my writing self-esteem is as fragile as a glass unicorn. So, thanks for being my partner.

Level Two: Friendly, constructive criticism welcome. I encourage supportive words about what I’ve sent and light, constructive reactions with a dollop of thoughts on what worked well and what worked not so well for you and maybe why.

Level Three: Let me have it. I am a writing warrior. Does any of this work for you? What did you really like? How would I make this sucker better?

FUTURE MONTHS: At least one person arrived late to the month and wondered in a comment whether we’d do it again? Yes! As a matter of fact, we are thinking of designating January another W-SOB month. We may also do W-SOB single weeks. We find the ridiculous announcement that an entire month has been designated Write Like a Son of B*tch Month to offer a slight improvement to the usually unlikely possibility that we may buckle down and get some serious, sustained writing done before we tango off this mortal coil and the book closes upon our life. Wouldn’t you rather, when life’s book slams shut on you, to leave behind a book or chapbook or working manuscript or three? Consider it your Epilogue.

We hope you agree. Thanks for taking part!

Write On.

Douglas Imbrogno
International Coordinator
Write Like a Son of  B*tch Month

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2 Responses to “You’ve tried to write like a son of a b*tch. Now what?”

  1. Jane Vandenburgh Says:

    What worries me is that the TALK about writing a novel oddly takes up some of the energy that might be directed into writing your novel. The direction and focus is external, while writing a book demands that a writer enter into the narrative country — and it’s a foreign one — and stay there not for another but, very often, for years.
    It’s a lonely process, that’s all there is to it.

  2. admin Says:

    Yes, rightly pointed out, Jane. I put it that way — even write about being unable to write — as an encouragement to a small cadre of friends (including myself) who have needed to buckle down into the very act of regular writing and writerly discipline. But your point is dead on: after jump-starting the car, take a serious roadtrip into long-form writing land. Thanks for the comment! (And if you happen to be unfamiliar with Jane’s wide-ranging, serious and often very funny work, check her out here: