Stop Giving Advice To Teen Writers

gabriellan:

I love this girl! She knows what she’s talking about.

Originally posted on Miriam Joy Writes:

Let’s talk about teen writers.

Let’s talk about the proliferation of advice for teens who write that has come with the realisation that we actually exist, thanks to the internet.

Let’s talk about a fundamental thing they get wrong.

Every piece of advice I’ve read for teen writers has made some good points, but done it in such a condescending and patronising way that I’ve refused to acknowledge it simply as a matter of principle. Many of the articles are written by authors with little interest in teenagers, but even when it’s by YA authors, it fails to take a few things into account.

They’re invariably aimed at teen writers, specifically targeting those who haven’t reached some arbitrary age after which they magically evolve into adults. And there are some things they say that just anger me beyond comprehension.

“Your writing sucks.”

This is important to realise, okay? All of…

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You Should Date An Illiterate Girl

Originally posted on Thought Catalog:

Date a girl who doesn’t read. Find her in the weary squalor of a Midwestern bar. Find her in the smoke, drunken sweat, and varicolored light of an upscale nightclub. Wherever you find her, find her smiling. Make sure that it lingers when the people that are talking to her look away. Engage her with unsentimental trivialities. Use pick-up lines and laugh inwardly. Take her outside when the night overstays its welcome. Ignore the palpable weight of fatigue. Kiss her in the rain under the weak glow of a streetlamp because you’ve seen it in film. Remark at its lack of significance. Take her to your apartment. Dispatch with making love. Fuck her.

Let the anxious contract you’ve unwittingly written evolve slowly and uncomfortably into a relationship. Find shared interests and common ground like sushi, and folk music. Build an impenetrable bastion upon that ground. Make it sacred. Retreat into…

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How to deal with critiques and editorial feedback

gabriellan:

In the past two and a half days I’ve packed up and moved back to school. First day of classes of my senior year starts tomorrow! Eeek. Scary and exciting at the same time. While I prep for class, why don’t y’all read this handy dandy post about feedback on your writing – something that’s also scary and exciting at the same time :)

Originally posted on Nail Your Novel:

critiqueWhether you’re a first-time writer, indie or traditional, it’s always a nervous moment when editorial feedback arrives from an agent or editor. Here’s what to expect and how to cope.

There will be changes

Always. Even if you’ve had beta readers. Even if you’re a seasoned pro. Of the 14 or 15 full manuscripts I’ve submitted, there was only one where the editors didn’t want to change anything, beyond tiny niggles. Only one.

There are two kinds of feedback. In traditional publishing, agents – and editors in the initial stages – will tend to give brief, sweeping notes about character arcs, pacing, credibility and relatability. Even though these won’t be as detailed as the work an editor will do, they might keep you busy for a couple of months.

Moreover, an editor who does a detailed critique may have a different vision from those who have looked at it before…

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New Project

I gave up on The Heart Keeper. Normally I don’t advocate tossing ninety-nine percent finished projects to the wayside. But HK was giving me nightmares (not literally, but close), and it was making me resent and hate writing in general. Hence why I’ve ignored Of a Writerly Sort for quite some time. 

But I’ve started a new project, currently titled X, and crawling right along at 3300 words after two days. I haven’t hammered the plot out yet, but I know I need to get back on the writing horse, and I need something to focus on. 

So, I have a ton of stuff to do, so does this count as a decent post? I’m really excited to write on X. It’s all I can think about. 

Peace out! 

When to say “Enough is enough” – Coming to the end of your query rope

Originally posted on Jennifer M Eaton:

As many of you know, I have been in what I’ve called “Query Hell” for over a month now.   One month and eleven days, to be exact.

It hit me a few days ago.  I finished the first draft of Fire in the Woods in 40 writing days. It was 40,000 words at the time. (After three months of editing and beta reading, it is nearly 68,000 words)

That means that it took me the same amount of time to write 40,000 words as it took me to write this 249-word query (mainly, the 155-word blurb inside it)

How crazy is that?

A few days ago, I said. “Enough”.

This is my problem — I know I am not good at queries, so I had requested a lot of help.  Seriously – I think people were cringing. (With smiles on their faces, I hoped)

But the problem was… I was…

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When Good Riding Instruction Becomes Great

gabriellan:

So, I know this blog is mainly about writing, but this can apply to writing coaches, too! The horse world has lots to offer every discipline.

Originally posted on Horse Listening:

lesson 2.

Some people say that a coach can do only so much.

The argument goes like this: after a certain point, there is only so much a riding instructor can say to change a rider’s skills. Most of the results come from the rider. After all – if the rider chooses not to (or simply cannot) do what the instructor says, then how much can one person do?

Although it is true that most riders go through difficult learning moments at some point in their riding career, and they might be faced with frustration in a different way than in other sports simply due to the nature of riding a horse, it cannot be said that across the board, riders don’t want to put in the effort it takes to improve.

Most of us are riding because of our lifelong passion for horses. Most of us want to serve our…

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A large, rather important announcement

gabriellan:

Ladies and gentlemen, I’m doing my part in spreading the word! A super awesome friend of mine, Mirriam from Thoughts of a Shieldmaiden, is publishing her novel, MONSTER! I haven’t read the whole thing yet, because I’m a horrible friend, but what I have read is more polished and interesting than a good amount of books I get from the library. MONSTER is coming out next month and I’m SUPER EXCITED!

Originally posted on {wishful thinking}:

So I haven’t posted in a while, but I have two very good reasons – one, I was in Tennessee (yes, I have pictures of the gorgeous place, but I haven’t uploaded them yet) and two, the day we came home, I was felled by the flu. I’m recovering now, but it was sheer misery for about two days, and it’s gotten to where it’s only 1/4th misery.

BUT.

A lot of interesting things have happened concerning my up-and-coming novel Monster. Next month, you will be able to hold an actual copy of the novel in your hands. I’m going to self-publish, and it will be available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other stores. I had a GORGEOUS cover designed for me by my friend Jessica, and I can’t wait to show you guys an actual copy. I have to order a proof copy first and make sure there…

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Two Days

You know when you run your mouth and think you can do something and then the deadline starts looming and, surprise!, you might not be able to do what you said you were going to? *nervous laugh* That’s kind of what I did. Kind of. Because I think I might still be able to make it happen if I turn off the internet and duct tape myself to my computer. 

But, y’know, it’s the weekend and I’m home with my family and all I really want to do is chase my nephew around humming the Jaws theme song and driving his mother crazy. 

In case you don’t have the slightest clue what I’m talking about, I promised myself and many other people that Summer Rush’s sequel, California Girl, would be all pretty and polished by April 1st and that I’d be posting it on all my usual sites. 

Well…. 

Just know that a lot of blood, sweat, and tears are going into this effort. A LOT.