Even if you’re not a book blogger, but ARE a writer please read this post and/or if you’re not either and love to give your point-of-view join in.
So Friday evening I read Kim Knight’s post about book bloggers discriminating against Indie authors. You can read that post here. After just coming off of vacation where I tried to read two poorly written Indie novels, I admitted that I wasn’t surprised. A lot of us book bloggers are reading a lot and if you have to struggle through over-writing and description that consists of “he’s hot” and “she’s a hot mess,” you start to veer away from new (and even some established) Indie writers. Evidently for some book bloggers, it’s now a non-starter, which is the topic of Kim’s post.
Wow! It’s been two days of hurry and hurry and catch up and I have yet to mindfully visit my microcosm.
for the 5000th time this year.
100 words written, read (no kidding) about 15 times, tweaked (a lot), published.
Come back 25 minutes later, reread and see: you’re for your.
Gremlins or fatigue…take your pick, but still a bruised forehead.
On another note, thanks to those of you who expressed your opinion on my color scheme. As you will have noticed, I am almost back to where I was last year at this time. Is that progression or regression?
Can’t Write Scared
the stoned poet said
“you can’t write scared”–
each word precisely penned
attuned to imaginary readers
whose lips curled derisively
on occasional lapses
I was an egg
concealed in a flimsy shell
like another half-dozen
spinning trite phrases
of sweet sounding words
imaginings of pink packaged
but then I succumbed
On rebirth I cried
“you can’t write scared”
and I didn’t, for a while
developed succinct style
of hewn craft on drafts
pinched words like pennies
wanted bennies, not
in my twenties anymore.
Fear pervades the core
bores into the brain
insane unremarkable drivel
pours through pores
I wrote scared
but scarred surfaces
like polished wood
trampled on daily
til frailty exists no more.
(oops. I had farce in there, but deleted it.)
“Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens. Most of my friends who are put on that diet have very pleasant careers.”
A to Z Challenge Reflections
This was my first A to Z Challenge so it was quite an experience. Fortunately I have done nanowrimo and octpowrimo so I do have some experience with the task of writing everyday. It was very, very nice to have Sundays off though, which you don’t get with the other two challenges.
What made this a tremendous experience for me was finding fellow bloggers who were also doing the challenge. Some bloggers I’ve been reading for months and some were new to me, but I enjoyed reading their works progress through the month.
“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”
― Groucho Marx
Zoning Out on Time
“The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.”
This is a two parter. Interruptions in thrillers and romances. Continue reading
“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. ” ― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
Regardless of whether you’re a fan of Stephen King’s or not, his advice regarding reading is spot on. How can you be a good writer if you don’t read? It’s kind of like a writer’s apprenticeship. Reading shows you what to do and sometimes what NOT to do.
Today marks the start of what will be a semi-regular feature on the Microcosm. I’m going to share with you some observations, unfortunately mostly what-not-to-do’s, from the books that I’ve read while blogging.
The following is paraphrased from the novel I’m currently reading:
The character is on the phone. The British man says to her:
“We want to use the telly.”
My reaction when reading: what does their wanting to watch the tv have to do with her being on the phone?
Reading on I realize that the author thinks the British use “telly” to mean phone. They don’t. “Telly” refers to television.
Lesson Learned: Don’t use slang unless you are positive of the meaning; if nothing else, google. If you don’t want to do that, just use the term common to your own language.
As a writer you always want to maintain the “fictional dream,” which is interrupted when you use the wrong word.
You weren’t expected. Obviously.
His door is open. She’s giggling. You hear his soft laugh join hers. She’s leaning over his desk, supposedly pointing at data, but her blouse gapes open to show what little cleavage she has. He looks. Of course, he looks. She catches him and purses her lips, the smile still there. Her fingers reach toward his face and as they are about to caress his beard, you step in the room.
“The car’s broke down,” you say, jangling your keys.
She leans back, no apology in her eyes. The next time you’ll be on the interstate.