Spotlight on Writing

Why. Do. We. Do. This?!

 

Writers, have you ever been working on a story and stopped to check something, anything else? You should be writing, but you’re not. I’m doing it right now! Manuscript open, pen in hand, mid-edit, when I decide I need to write this post, check social media, oh look dishes need to be washed.

Why. Do. We. Do. This?

Why does the procrastination switch flip so flipping often? (say that ten times fast)

I tried to answer this question on my own. My response is fear, it must be the fear of finishing or fear of finding out that I can’t finish.

The story needs to be worked on, yet there we are, checking this or that.

Now the question is, how do we stop?

I know many put their cell phones away, or turn off their internet. Sometimes that is not enough, because look dishes! Look the floor needs to be cleaned. Oh, laundry!

Does it come down to doubt within our work and our selves? That once we remind ourselves we can do it and not be afraid we can power through the distractions and finish the manuscript?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on WHY. DO. WE. DO. THIS?!

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Quick Rejections

 

Let’s talk about those immediate rejections almost all writers face at some point in their career.

Do they not sting you to your core?

In my day job I sit on the other-side of the rejection table. I’m the one giving them. And I can tell you that when I call someone and inform them right away that they are not eligible, it shocks them. If I wait a few days it seems less….shocking.

Rejections are hard enough, but it’s the quick ones that really twist the knife. How can someone make such a snap judgment so quickly?! Did they even have time to read the query in its entirety? Was there a glaring typo? Were the guidelines not followed completely?

Alas, we will never know. So how do you move past? Well, I personally don’t want an agent or publisher who is not loving my work, and with such a quick response their answer is clear. You want the person representing you to be one hundred percent in your corner.

So yes, quick rejections stink and they make you question everything you have ever done in your writing career. But, they also quickly remind you who is not a good match. Now have some wine and feel better soon! (Unless you are reading this in the morning, then coffee)

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Write for YOU! 

I’ve been working on a specific manuscript for about a year or so now. It has received a lot of positive responses and feedback.

It received a full request and a revise and resubmit along the way. But, I’m here to tell you why it’s important to write the story for YOU.

On my revise and resubmit I was told that the main character sounded too wise. I revised it.

Revised, and submitted out into the world, where it was mentioned the character needed to sound older.


While it’s important to fully consider and embrace notes from industry leaders, it is always important to write the best story, for you. Otherwise your poor character will end up with a stress induced heart attack from all the switching back and forth.

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What Oreos Teach Us About Writing

20141007_173830As I bought yet another limited edition Oreo bag, (someone must stop me! I don’t need to try all of them!) I pondered.
Oreo was once a simple cream sandwich when it was first released in 1912. Now they have a regular section of varieties at the grocery store.

So how does Oreo connect with writing? It is said that there are only 7 basic plots an author can write about (The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories by Christopher Booker), but the different spin on the basics is what makes a different story. A sell-able story. An enjoyable story.

Is that not what an Oreo is?

A basic cookie with a cream middle that with slight variations entices new buyers.

As writers we want to make those slight variations of the 7 possible plots shine and sparkle, enticing new readers, and keeping our fans coming back for more.

 

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The Truth About Writers

  • Most of us are not story time alcoholics, but we must be sipping something
  • ​Poorly written books piss us off
  • Great books motivates us
  • We look at everything from a story prospective (that saying, be careful or you will end up dead in a book…is true)
  • ​Our stash of h​alf started stories that we stumble upon years later impress us or make us cringe
  • Procrastination and distractions are a part of the job, sometimes self-induced
  • Only writers truly understand the feeling a finished manuscript brings…so don’t try to understand, just jump up and down excitedly with us.