Happy Monday. Another week upon us. And Tomorrow is finished.
Feeling with the novel’s conclusion that I am about to cross another life Rubicon, I am taking a few days to savor this interval before “the world” sees it…
Okay, that’s not the literal Rubicon, of course, but I’m sure you get my point.
I want also to let off some writing steam here in what is likely to be the last pre-publication blog post. To do so, back to Twitter’s #writingcommunity:
A.G. Writes (@agletterman) October 13, 2019
My reaction to that? This:
Now, go tell your eighth grade (that’s an age 13 student in the US) teacher to jump into the Long Island Sound.
Unless of course you are in English class right now, in which case you have to do what the teacher, uh, just said.
Paul Husband (@paul_husbandjr) October 11, 2019
I don’t have to discover it. It is. I am merely the onlooker who puts into words what has happened to them all. LOL!
Jenna Bolmer (@JennaBolmer) October 13, 2019
If you have been around a while, you know a major character in my first three novels is a Lebanese-French woman who is based largely on a real woman in my life. I am neither Lebanese, nor French, nor a woman. I fictionalized her carefully based on what I observed of her, on what she told me, and due to my other knowledge of her.
I am uncomfortable as a fiction writer just making
s-it stuff up outright because any reader who knows anything about that area I am “poaching” upon certainly will see through that nonsense almost immediately.
What I try to do as a writer is to impart what I feel I do know reasonably well and stick to those subjects and those characters that I believe I can do writing justice to from within my own life “zone of knowledge.” LGBT is not such an area of mine. I leave the likes of that to others to write about from theirs.
I often hear from writers that daily writing is the only way to become prolific and have any semblance of a noticea… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…—
A.G. Writes (@agletterman) October 12, 2019
It is a cliche. For writing every day is impossible and anyone who says they do is either exaggerating or lying.
Fay Thompson (@FayThom04494140) October 13, 2019
Other than perhaps catching the likes of spelling mistakes, I doubt it.
Reading widely would likely be of more help to you.
#WritingCommunity How many of us, myself included, have horrible handwriting?—
Ashley Grant (@AshleyG86007696) October 12, 2019
I leave that to you to decide.
Let’s pretend . . . You have no need for a day job. You live comfortably, write as much as you want. You have… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…—
Mayette Foster (@MayetteFoster) October 11, 2019
No. Not unless I wanted to TEACH creative writing.
I REPEAT: You do NOT require an MFA, or MA, or MPhil, or MS, or Ph.D to write fiction and don’t let anyone con you into believing you do.
A, uh, degree of B.S. is all that is necessary. LOL! (Get it?)
If you write in public spaces like coffee shops, are you conscious of people looking over your shoulder? I’m uncom… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…—
Dane Clark Collins (@dane_collins) October 12, 2019
I write mostly in my private home office in the early mornings. The only writing I do in a public place is on my phone or iPad, perhaps while killing time in an airport or waiting for the car to be seen to, in editing or tapping out new ideas. It appears I suspect to onlookers like I am texting or messaging.
"Thesaurus carpet-bombings and long-winded sentences are just masks; effective writing is lean, clean, and easy to… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…—
Night Owl Freelance | Editing (@FreelanceOwl) October 13, 2019
In general, yes; but not always. Not everything should be composed for the reading level of a 5 year old.
“I love you.”
There are times rather more description and greater depth are required.
How many people in your life are you willing to die for? My number is five—
Angel Girl (@angelgirl1077) October 13, 2019
Currently, one. (My wife.)
In 2013, however, when we had my then 15 year old English niece (later the recipient of that letter I was trying to write by hand above in 2016) spending two weeks with us in America, and we were her guardians, I would have jumped in front of a bus for her.
Or when we were reclined on a Florida beach and some Danish guy in his 20s walked over to her next to me and was trying to chat her up – and I started counting to ten before I was going to become, err, “Dad”…
Do you think writing is hard work? #writingcommunity—
Allison Ashley (@AllisonAuthor) October 07, 2019
It depends on the definition of what “hard work” is.
Tarring a roof… now THAT, I think we can all agree, is HARD WORK.
Writer's dilemma: One of my MCs has a sword he took from ancient tomb. Before now he's never had to use it. He's be… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…—
Matthew Brown (@matbrown012) October 08, 2019
Oh, just send in a Frenchwoman. She’ll sort it all out.
V. Lan Hathaway | writer 🌵 (@vhathawaywrites) October 10, 2019
NONE OF THE ABOVE. Why? Because I NEVER NEVER NEVER “distribute” a manuscript pre-publication to anyone I don’t know personally… and very well and trust.
Oh, but it is for helpful “feedback” from other writers to improve the writing? Putting your entire dearly written draft out there over email and/or the net to be so-called “beta”-read by strangers? I’m sorry, but the idea is madness. There are intellectual property thieves all over the place (ask many a blogger who has had just even a post stolen, or someone who has had their Instagram pictures used without permission), and they can rip off portions of your book, or even most of it, and leave you heartbroken.
What you gonna do when you find out? Sue them? Good luck with that.
You would not leave the front door to your house wide open or your car unlocked and the key on the driver’s seat in plain view. But you will pass your rough draft around to those you don’t know for potentially anyone to get hold of? What the heck is wrong with you all?
On that note, have a great Monday, wherever you are. 🙂