Friday, February 26, 2010

Feeling Rejected?

I had to share this tid bit of information with all of you (my 3 fans): It's about being rejected by publishing houses, agents, magazine editors and everyone else in between.

Take heart my dear writer friends. So, you've been rejected. So what? Have you been rejected 11,100 times? Probably not.

Jacob Appel has. I kid you not. Over 11,000 times. That could certainly put a dent in a person's ego. He must be made of steel.
Check out Pimp My Novel.
Also check out Literary Rejections on Display.

Friday, February 12, 2010

The Flow of Writing

The flow of writing. What is it? And why is it uber-important?

Being in the flow of writing means not backing down from your story and not editing your words before they hit the page. It means expressing yourself as you are and how you want to.

It's your book, dammit! Get your words out there and write like your fingers are on fire.

"But...but", you might stutter, "how does writing 'whatever comes out' get me an agent/publisher/on the best seller list?"

The point, and I know this is going to sound redundant, is that you let the words flow out of you. The next step, after you have your story on the page, is to go back and make the changes you need to make. But, stay in the flow of your self-expression.

Readers will see through you if your story is awkward. They will know when you are not writing as 'you' should be writing. It just won't flow.

I discovered a blog by a recently published author and I love it. This woman is funny and natural and I want to make her my new best friend. Her book isn't out till September, but, just by reading her posts, I want to read her book. There is nothing forced there.

If you want to check it out, go to Kiersten White's blog at Kiersten Writes.

Stay in the flow.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


JK Rowling gives 2008 Harvard Commencement speech inspiring others to hold-fast to their imaginations and their dreams... no matter what. (Click on link underneath video if video doesn't load.)

J.K. Rowling Speaks at Harvard Commencement from Harvard Magazine on Vimeo.