Hi again everyone! My first time taking a blog break and I missed y’all. Glad to be back. Okay, onto bloggy things.
I don’t list goals for the year until my crit partners force me into a corner and threaten to sabotage my coffee maker. Instead, here’s a list of what I’ve learned in 2010.
- Someone needs to invent a calorie/nutra sweet free snack for writers.
- Structure cannot be ignored. Understanding the three acts can make or break a manuscript.
- Digging deep and revising for structure is harder than it sounds.
- Snappy dialogue can carry a novel, even if other areas aren’t perfect.
- Some scenes can be combined for increased conflict.
- Start a scene at the last possible moment and end it as soon as possible.
- Don’t go with my first idea but keep pushing for the best idea.
- I actually do like writing to music.
- Any artist goes through almost psychotic phases of discouragement through unexplained confidence – and none of it is reliable.
- Writers are the best group of people out there.
- Scrivener is the best thing eva.
- E-readers are not as scary as I thought they were a year ago. I love mine.
- Warm chocolate chip cookies are the best (okay, I already knew that).
- I am thankful for manuscripts that didn’t make it.
- I wish I could create something like Silly Bands to support my writing.
- It’s important to be myself when blogging and writing.
- Exposing emotion that readers can relate to is top priority.
- It’s not telling that kills a story – it’s bad telling.
I know there’s more. And each of these statements could be a whole blog post. Name one area you understand better now than you did last year! Better yet, blog about it so I can learn too!