Most of what I research and read is related to writing: industry news, author blogs, agent and editor wishlists, AND tons and tons of information about the craft. There are tips for writing openings, tips for writing better romance, plot outlines, how to hook a reader, inspirational quotes to keep you motivated; the list goes on and on. The problem is trying to sift through what is helpful and when to decide that it's time to stop reading and put it to use.
It's easy to get caught up in the internet and forget why you opened the browser page in the first place. It's even easier to put off something extremely difficult by sticking around on said internet. That something difficult being writing.
It's gut-wrenching to open a Word document and stare at the white space. Watching the blinking cursor and hoping something beautiful might flow from your mind and through your fingertips. Most of what I write feels like junk. But what I'm finally coming to terms with is that it is okay to write junk. Because at least I'm writing. Plus, I have some of the most amazing and helpful writing friends. They aren't afraid to point out the things that need work or highlight the better parts.
Without the junk, I can't find the beauty in my words. Writing is rewriting. I've read and said those words before, but it seems they are just starting to sink in. Slowly.
This wasn't at all the post I had in mind for today, but I guess it's what my subconscious wanted to put out there. I do, however, want to leave you with two links (because that's how I started this post--wanting to share some of the random and informative).
The first is completely amazing, and completely random, information that everyone should know. It's about the mantis shrimp.
The second is a blog post by the amazing Jennifer L. Artmentrout. Yesterday, she posted about receiving 139 rejections before someone finally said yes to one of her books. If you guys don't know her, you should really check out her blog. Amazing doesn't quite cover it. She puts out an insane amount of books in a short amount of time, and the really unbelievable part is how good those books are. I asked her about her daily word count, and she said she averages about 3K a day. She also just sold a book that she had previously self-published in a three book, six figure deal to HarperCollins. Really, check her out if you don't already know about her. 139 no's before hearing 1 yes. That's determination. That's believing in yourself and your writing.
|He believes in your writing, too.|