Monday, February 6, 2012

You Are Here



You’re a writer. It’s just something one knows. I mean, the drive is unmistakable. It wakes you up in the night and makes you forgo sleep to get that scene down just right before the inspiration leaves—and leaves you wishing you’d struck while the iron was hot...those bursts of genius so incredible that—try as they might—your feverishly-typing hands can’t possibly keep up with your brain. You know what I’m talking about. You’re probably sitting there nodding your head and smiling one of those conspiratorial, smug smiles.

But where are you in your writing journey?

Anyone with a reasonable command of the language can write. The question is: are you writing something others will actually want to read?

In the spirit of ‘paying it forward,’ I’ve decided to dedicate my first few blog posts to helping beginning writers find their way. If you’re relatively new to the game, you’ll likely find something here—hopefully a lot of things—to help you make the transition from scoff-worthy beginner to eyebrow-raising contender. And if you’re seasoned, then sit back and take a stroll down memory lane. It never hurts to look in the rear view mirror and remember from whence we came.

First stop on the ‘You Are Here’ tour: What’s a Critique? a.k.a. What the heck is a Critter?

11 comments:

  1. Nice to meet you, too, Morgan, and thanks for stopping by. You're right. It is tough. And I haven't even started querying yet! We writers gotta stick together. ; )

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  2. Ooo, I want to be an eyebrow-raising contender! :D Great post, Melissa!

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  3. Hello, we're in the same group(s) in the campaign. Nice to meet you!

    As for me, I'm at the stage where I finally am confident in self-publishing. I've decided to forego traditional publishing for various reasons. So that means now I'm in that massive editing stage and on the precipice of beta-ing before getting the "real" editor to help with the final draft. And I hope to do this within the next year. eep.

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  4. Hey there, fellow campaigner! Great idea for a blog series.

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    1. Thanks! And thanks for stopping by! = )

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  5. I saw you in the YA campaign group. It's good to meet you.

    Writing journey. Some say I'm on the cusp, but we'll see how the next round of submissions go.

    New Follower! :)

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  6. I saw your post on HS4C, and I've been looking for more writing support. Thanks for posting.

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    1. Cool. Glad you saw the post and came on over. Join right in. There's a surprising amount of support within the writing community. Let me know what topics you'd like to see addressed. I'll do my best. = )

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  7. Hi. Good to meet you and glad you stopped by.
    True. I guess none of us will know for sure until it's out there for the reader-reviewers to devour. *shudders*
    That's okay, though. There's supportive, fellow writers to help us along. ; )

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  8. Stopping by from the Platform Builder Campaign to say 'hi'!

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    1. Hi, Dawn. It's good to meet you. Thanks for visiting. = )

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