Hello, dear readers.
Remember how I mentioned that many authors have blogs and then mentioned something about my fabulous critique partners?
Good. Okay, we can move on then.
Now that she is on The Swirling Pool of Endless Creativity (the Internet), I can mention my other critique partner and penmonkey of epic proportions: Allyson!
Read her blog here: http://nerdyfantastic.wordpress.com/
(she’s way funnier than I am, by the way, so prepare to laugh)
Though, short confession.
If you do go check about her blog, she will confess that she stole the term “penmonkey” from me.
…heh, heh….well. It’s not my word. I wish it was. But it is, in fact, the word of the lovely and absolutely hilarious person and amazing author Chuck Wendig (aka, the Wendigo).
He is indeed more funny than I: http://terribleminds.com/ramble/blog/
I do not know you, Mr. Wendig, nor do I think you will ever read this blog. But might I address The Swirling Pool of Endless Creativity and say that your blog has helped me heaps. From deciding whether or not to write awkward scenes, how the hell to pull yourself from the Writing Pits From Hell, what a throughline is, to how to get through those lies we tell ourselves as writers.
Including that we suck. Because we don’t. Not always. We will suck on the first draft and then we will get better.
ALLOW YOURSELF TO SUCK, PENMONKEYS, ALLOW YOURSELF TO SUCK.
Thank you, Mr. Wendig, that small saying has improved my self-esteem in epic proportions (that and your humor, especially in all its NSFL glory). And that piece of advice is now my mantra, followed closely by BICHOK.
While I’m on the topic, I should probably talk about the other two author blogs that have given me the most help as I travelled/(who am I kidding?) am travelling this rocky writing road (10 points for whoever makes that into an ice cream flavor).
This is turning out to be a longer post than I thought.
Maggie Stiefvater: http://m-stiefvater.livejournal.com/214290.html
Jesus, that woman is amazing. While I was actually penning Opus, I learned more from that blog than anywhere else. Even the blog of The Mighty Wendigo. I learned to embrace things like word count over page count (which is probably the reason Opus is actually as novel-shaped as it is), to accept that I need to have better stylized characters, and to deal with writerly angst. However, the section I’ve gleaned the most from on her blog is the “editing” section.
It’s actually her editing outline/skeleton thing that I’m following for Opus. If you want a free preview of the editing clown-hell I’m going to be trudging face first into come September, check it out. (If you are confused about the clown-hell, see the blog).
Kristin Cashore: http://kristincashore.blogspot.com/
Ms. Cashore is the author of three of my favorite books: Graceling, Fire, and Bitterblue. I routinely send aspiring high fantasy novelists to her books for guidance. I also learned from her top two most asked questions that I do not want to be answering those questions for Opus.
So, without giving too much away, I tweaked the plot so I wouldn’t have to answer annoying questions.
I know. I’m terrible.
That’s all for now, dear readers. Go forth. And I will give you another great quote to send you on your way:
“There is a primal reassurance in being touched, in knowing that someone else, someone close to you, wants to be touching you. There is a bone-deep security that goes with the brush of a human hand, a silent, reflex-level affirmation that someone is near, that someone cares.” — Harry Dresden
PS: I love Jim Butcher’s novels with a fiery burning passion. Harry Dresden is his property.
PPS: Oh, that quote up above, the Harry Dresden one? Yeah, that pertains to Opus and might answer some questions for some of my critique partners reading this blog. As for the rest of you…well, you’ll have to wait.
Like I said, I am terrible.
PPPS: Yeah, okay, this might be overkill, but feel free to comment on anything. Leave comments, questions, snide remarks. Anything.