if you are not a writer...i'm not sure why you'd be reading this except maybe as a social study. X_x

If you are a writer, you're probably acquainted with the almost crippling fear of what people will think of your writing + how it will be received.  People are fickle + picky + weird + seem like they think they would have written your book better than you did (rude??).  It's scary.  Halloween ain't got nothing on the horror of an angry readership.

The creative writing career is chockastumblingblock full of advice + rules + opinions + "keys" to success.  It's confusing + paralyzing.  Basically I always come away thinking I'm doing it totally wrong, & I'm sure I'm not the only one with this feeling.

you can't just make up your own rules
but at the same time
you kind of can

for every "rule" that i'm confronted with, i find an excellent exception:

a:: the author that "head hops" + yet does so seamlessly
b:: the author who invents words + yet makes complete sense
c:: the author who takes a long time to build up the plot + yet retains your interest with fascination

Rules are training wheels.  Rules are for beginners, just finding their balance, just learning what writing is all about.  But then, you hit your stride, + you can take off the training wheels + be yourself.  BUT RULES NEVER MAKE A GOOD STORY; THE WRITER MAKES IT A GOOD STORY.

two tips for being great

Don't have a fatalistic attitude.  |  If you think the story is going to be lame, then yes it's going to be lame.  If you don't love it, you can't make it live.  You fundamentally have to believe in the story's right to exist + be good for it to have any vitality. Clap! clap for your story!


Determine to be excellent.  |  Not to name any names, but the people groups of the English-speaking world who are notoriously self-effacing, "modest," + don't believe they'll amount to much, don't amount to much as a society.  The same goes for any venture, whether in business, school, or creativity.  Set excellence as the goal & work toward it; you can't reach a destination if you don't steer yourself that way!

"you did it. you've hit the stride and the soul of the story and it's TRULY MAGNIFICENT. i was entirely caught up in its spell, enthralled, needing the next word, the next sentence, needing to know what was happening."

This is one of the most encouraging reviews I've received for my work-in-progress.  In the midst of all the worries + the blind writing + vaguely trying to determine the structure of the plot, the feedback I got restored my self-belief + the knowledge that I am aiming in the right direction.  I'm doing it.  It's not easy, but I'm pulling it off.

be the excellent exception

love you all, my peepitipeeps!
xoxo, jenny

7 ripostes:

  1. I wouldn't have a fatalistic attitude, but I just can't help it.

    SORRY. Great post; I'm very unsure what reader reception would/will be like for Wordcrafter, but at least I like it and had fun writing it! And I do consider it a good story...just different. 😳

  2. Hear, here. This is excellent advice. You need to take your writing seriously - don't wibble about how awesome it may or may not be. Believe in it. And give it the dignity it deserves and MAKE it awesome.

  3. Oh, and @Abigail (for some weird reason, my computer isn't letting me comment directly), Miss Melody Muffin and I were just talking about Wordcrafter the other day and how much we need to read it. So you have at least two eager readers. (And I need Tempus Regina, too, though I can't speak for her on that one. It didn't come up.) Jenny - we also need Adamantine, pretty please.