Oh how this spoke to my soul. We’ve discussed this before- my aversion to social media, my out right fear of Twitter, I am not a social media gal! It’s very technological and fast paced and it makes me afraid. Out right scared I tell you! (Although you must give me kudos for how well I’ve been doing here…even if a lot of it is venting my fears!)
This article by Jane Friedman discusses the pros/cons of the author website and gives publisher opinion on what it does or doesn’t do for an author. Hmmm…good stuff folks.
Artists are brave, any type of artist. Singers, actors, dancers…they work tirelessly to reach a level of skill that will inspire an audience and despite constant training and effort they often receive rejection, sometimes for years at a time. Does this sound familiar, writers?
Human beings shy away from critique or criticism. It doesn’t feel good to be told you aren’t good enough, You’re not getting it yet, It’s not quite there. Sometimes it’s a blatant attack (some critics add a dose of chili powder!) But artists forge ahead. This includes us, writers. We are artists. We create. It can take years to learn and a lifetime to perfect, but we forge ahead because we love the craft. We learn to listen, take notes and improve and even in certain cases ignore what is being said about our work.
Bottom line? We are brave. It takes guts to put yourself out there in front of a world who expects perfection, who expects to be “wowed”. We work sleepless nights, rewrite, edit, trash, begin again, cluster, research, character build- our hearts go in deep with a very realistic possibility of being crushed and we still move on.
Take a moment to pat yourself on the back. You’ve written a book (or haven’t given up yet). THAT in itself is an enormous achievement! Keep going! You may hear complaints. But as much as they may complain…the world needs us, and we are the only ones brave enough to endure the road to applause!
Yes, mistakes are a part of life and we learn and grow from them. But if you make critical mistakes in your writing you’ll learn and grow yourself right into an early literary grave- your readers coming at you chanting and screaming with flaming torches and pitch forks.
To avoid becoming the next installment of Frankenstein, do read and heed…http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/there-are-no-rules/5-mistakes-to-avoid-when-writing-a-fiction-series?et_mid=636649&rid=239109449
A fabulous author I know heard this from a fabulous author she knows, and she passed it on to me. She said, “Nothing bad ever happens to a writer. It’s all material!”
How true is this? I mean, I’m not going to take away terrible times in your life and say they weren’t bad or left no mark, but really this is true. Think about your past, or maybe something that happened just a week ago, or even today. That’s a story waiting to be told!
Here is your weekend assignment: “When did we start getting homework?” you ask. (that’s not the assignment by the way. YOU asked the question- and don’t try to pretend like you didn’t.) Occasional assignments will improve your writing skills so stop whining and listen up:
Get a bucket or a hat or something that will hold paper bits. Write down each year from now back to the last event you can recall with clarity. (If your brain works like mine that will consist of today and yesterday so it may not be too compelling).
Cut them into strips, put them into the hat, shake it all around and draw one out. Look at the year and think about something that happened to you during that time period. It doesn’t have to be monumental. You’d be amazed at what can create a fantastic story. Then get a move on and write! See what you come up with. I’ll bet it’s more than you thought it would be…:0)