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:~: Tuesday, September 26, 2006 :~:

Things I've Learned

(As I type this, my four-year old is singing an ode to his wonderful penis. The male fascination starts waaaaay too early...)

*Ahem*

Things I've Learned Since I Started Writing

1. Books are the greatest things on earth. I always knew that, I just didn't realize how fabulous they were until I saw what went in to churning one out.
2. Writers are the nicest people on the planet. Some of my closest friends are writers. I couldn't live without them.
3. My writer's group rocks!
4. Writing is damn hard. If it were easy, none of us would be doing it.
5. It doesn't matter how many words I type in a day, my story is constantly churning in my head, and that's progress.
6. Every word I type gets me closer to my goal. And every time I sit down to write, I'm getting better at what I'm doing.
7. I could easily waste a whole day blog-hopping and reading loops.
8. Sincerity shines through.
9. Writers who brag about their successes rub me the wrong way, but writers who are honest and helpful are gems to be cherished.
10. Published authors really do want to pass on their knowledge and help unpubs.
11. Be careful what you say and type - someone is always listening (and reading).
12. Writers are - first and foremost - readers. They'll be the first ones to buy your books, the ones who'll spread your name like wildfire. Be kind to them.
13. Having a mentor who believes in you is uber-important.
14. There's a business side to writing I know very little about. But I'm learning.
15. My critique partners are gold!
16. Every time I'm sure I've written pure crap, someone tells me it's good. (And vice versa)
And finally...
17. I will never stop learning. No matter what, I'll never know-it-all. And that's a good thing.

What have you learned since you started writing?

13Comments:

Blogger Lisa Pulliam said...

Great post! I think you've covered just about everything. The only thing I'd add (I don't know if it counts as something I learned though) is that I finally feel like I've found what I'm supposed to spend my life doing. Everything else I've done I've wondered what else I could be doing. But writing just feels right.

3:58 PM  
Blogger TJBrown said...

You've learned a lot. That's awesome!
teri

6:20 PM  
Blogger Paty Jager said...

I've learned there is nothing like the community of romance writers.

That you have to put yourself out there to write a good book.

And no matter what the trend - writer what excites you.

8:17 AM  
Blogger Paty Jager said...

Oh! And I agree with all you said as well! :)

8:18 AM  
Blogger Piper Lee said...

First let me say you're completely spot-on about boys and their complete fascination with their "parts". (Piper rolls eyes as she contemplates her own four boys.)

Second, I totally agree with you on all the stuff you've learned since you started writing.

Also, what Lisa said about finally finding what she's supposed to be doing, it's exactly the way I feel too. It may have taken me 33 years to figure it out, but it's never too late.

Since I've totally immersed myself in the world of reading, writing, and editing I've grown as a person, become a stronger woman, realized that I do matter, and that I've never had better friends in my entire life.

Writers understand each other. We connect with one another on a different plane, and that connection is so essential to our life.

So what I've learned since I've started writing is that I'm not alone, and my best friends are right here, struggling and learning right along side me.

I LOVES YOU GIRLIES! (Big group hug!)

9:56 AM  
Blogger Elisabeth Naughton said...

Oooh. Great addition, Lisa!

1:16 PM  
Blogger Elisabeth Naughton said...

*Write what excites you.*

Yeah, Paty, that's an important one. If your heart's not in it, it'll show in your writing.

1:17 PM  
Blogger Elisabeth Naughton said...

Big hug right back at ya, Piper. ;) There's definitely a special camaraderie amongst writers I haven't seen anywhere else. Maybe because we're all not in it for the money - we're in it because we love it so much, and that shines through.

1:20 PM  
Blogger Karin Tabke said...

I've learned to keep writing when I don't want to.

6:30 PM  
Blogger Edie said...

Great post! Karin's addition is another good one. Instead of doing what she said, I've been doing #7 tonight. I must stop that!

Tomorrow. Tonight I have a few other blogs to check. *g*

8:40 PM  
Blogger Elisabeth Naughton said...

Oh, Geez. Nice one, Karin.

*says she who has been avoiding the WIP all night long*

Think it's time I slinked back to work...

9:05 PM  
Anonymous Michelle said...

I've learned that when I force myself to sit down and write, what I write is just as good as when I skip happily to my laptop and can't wait to get cracking.

12:48 PM  
Blogger Elisabeth Naughton said...

Wow, great point, Michelle!

Actually, I'd go a step further and say when I force myself to write, usually it's better than when I skip happily to the laptop. Hmmm...I'd never thought of that before. I wonder why that is?

12:51 PM  

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