But wow, there are so many beautiful posts on the writing journey in the blogosphere lately. These amazing writers are open about the struggles and challenges that accompany being a writer while being incredibly inspiring with their perseverance and hard work. I hope you'll check out these posts if you haven't already:
AWESOME POSTS ON THE WRITING JOURNEY
- S.J. Kincaid wrote a beautiful post on Ellen Oh's blog about why she wouldn't have changed anything about her writing journey, despite being obsessed for years with a manuscript that would never be published.
- In a similar vein, Natalie Whipple recounts her journey to publication on Adventures in Children's Publishing, sharing her struggles and heartaches and how she fought through them.
- On her own blog, Natalie explains why she's not jealous of Kiersten White's successes and how to deal with jealousy in general.
- Speaking of which, Kiersten is amazing as well. This week she wrote a post on talent versus hard work and why both are important.
- And the fabulous C.J. Redwine wraps everything up — the journey, the hard work, the success, and how to handle others' good news — in this post on what it feels like to get a book deal.
Amazing articles, right? And here are posts on everything else. It kinda kills me to throw them all together instead of organizing them into separate categories as I usually do, but if I did that I would mostly have only one link per category, and that would annoy me even more. Thus, this compromise:
- Worldbuilding: Adam Heine has a great post with tips on creating your own fantasy slang.
- Dialogue: Sara Furlong Burr gives advice on how to write compelling dialogue.
- Characterization: Savannah Foley talks about writing realistic, flawed characters by harnessing your inner contrarian.
- Plot: Juliette Wade talks about balancing tender and terrible moments, and Kat Zhang underscores the importance of consequences to character decisions.
- Revision: Danyelle Leafty at the Query Tracker Blog provides a great step-by-step pre-revision guide.
- Growth: Beth Revis shares about the writer's learning curve, and the Storytelling by Ira Glass video she embeds in her post is so inspiring.
- More Linda: Over on my personal blog, I wrote a post about why I won't tell you to "be yourself" — I see that advice all the time on writing blogs, but I don't find it particularly meaningful or useful.
Oh, and there's a new tab under my header, featuring awards and memes I've been tagged with. It's entirely Carrie Butler's fault that I had to make one of those. Thanks for thinking of me, Carrie! Though I'd appreciate a less awkward one next time. ;)
Hope your writing plans are going better than mine, and have an incredible weekend! :D