Ahh to post or not to post that is my dilemma. The sun has come out for the first time in, well since last year around this time I think. Hence I’m struggling a bit, so forgive me if my thoughts seem discordant this week. (I do love the thesaurus feature in Word)
So this week’s sin is the Sin of Over-Confidence (polite word for arrogant)
I think all newbie writers suffer from this sin and usually right off the hop. I know I did. I came home one day and wrote a novel. I thought it was utterly fantastic and as soon as a few others told me how great it was (family, obviously) I immediately sent my master-piece out for query because after all, I was the next J.K Rowling didn’t you know? Naturally, I was promptly rejected. Why? Because the story was crap? Probably. But I’d also put ZERO effort into learning the trade of writing. The comments on the rejections were helpful and it was clear that what I really needed to do was learn about what makes for good writing. Did I take those rejections personally? Of course not. Lord knows I have my own opinions, so others are certainly entitled to have theirs. Instead, I took the comments and suggestions they gave me and got to work. I researched. Alot. I found and joined an online writing group. This way I had plenty of access to people who were unafraid to bruise my overly expanded ego. Then I read books about how to write. TONS of books. In fact I always have at least one on the go. Each book I read shows me a different perspective and I carefully glean little bits from them all, storing them away for safekeeping. They are full of tips, tricks, and exercises that have helped me in ways I couldn’t have imagined.
I feel I have come a long ways over the past two years, but clearly with a long ways yet to be travelled. Especially if comma’s and grammar have anything to do with it. *FAIL*
I’m on a most interesting journey that I hope to continue all the way to my deathbed. I can only hope that will be wayyyyy off in the far far far far future.
Long and short of it, I don’t care how good you think you are, you can always improve. Or so I’m learning. 😉
Tammy’s Tip of the Week
Read as much as you write. Read anything you choose, but read. One of the best teachers is an open book.