Are you a Twilight enthusiast? A Bella-Wannabe? Mooning endlessly over Bella’s identification withWuthering Heights and thinking the only thing as great as being the author of Edward would be being the author of Heathcliff?

Just so you know: the author of Heathcliff was dissed by her publisher, left unpublished until he could ride the coattails of her sister Charlotte, then published in a terrible edition with sloppy typesetting and cheap paper, and ignored by the reading public, who found Heathcliff—beyond reprehensible—downright disgusting. Emily Bronte was a bonafide literary genius whose greatest work, a saga in verse, was altered after her death against her passionately-clear wishes by busybody Charlotte and re-published in its mutilated form, although half the poems had vanished by then and have never been recovered. Emily Bronte died young, unloved, unhappy, unfulfilled. Undiscovered.

And the author of Edward can’t write for beans. She stumbled on a misogynist aspect of our culture she could exploit in impressionable kids, along with a really good marketer. That really good marketer is now busy with Twilight, and you are in their backwash.

via A. Victoria Mixon, Editor » Blog Archive » 6 Personality Types Who Will Fail as Writers.

This article is great, Ms. Mixon is better.  People who speak their minds and can back it up with facts–priceless.

One of the few things I know about writing is this: Spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book, or for another book, give it, give it all, give it now.

ANNIE DILLARD

via AdviceToWriters – Encouragement.

Do not pay any attention to the rules other people make…. They make them for their own protection, and to Hell with them.

WILLIAM SAROYAN

via AdviceToWriters – Rules and Commandments.

I often feel sorry for people who don’t read good books;

they are missing a chance to lead an extra life.

~ Scott Corbett ~

You need to stand out, and that means swallowing your fear (and your pride) and showing all of you, even the hidden parts.

via The Babbling Flow of a Fledgling Scribbler: On Fear and Baring Your Soul.

The only true creative aspect of writing is the first draft. That’s when it’s coming straight from your head and your heart, a direct tapping of the unconscious. The rest is donkey work. It is, however, donkey work that must be done.

EVAN HUNTER

Thanks to Advice To Writers.

A very inspiring post by author (and superintern, I hear) Mandy Hubbard about her road to publication.

The difference between a published author and an unpublished one is one day. It only takes one day, one moment, for your whole world to shift. I firmly believe that if you work hard at improving your craft and you simply do not give up, your day will come.

Unknown:

“Many of us spend half our time wishing for things we could have if we didn’t spend half our time wishing.”

As I spent seven hours a few days ago, reading weird websites and finding ways to waste my time, I realized that I was avoiding writing out of fear.  Fear of what?  That I’m just not good enough.  I’m not good enough to pull it off, my writing isn’t good enough to be published, I’ll ruin this awesome story just begging to get out.  I actually had to walk away from a WIP I had 1/4 of finished because I psyched myself out that bad.  I’ll go back to it later, but for now, we–the manuscript and I–need some distance.

But, I’m not the only writer to be afraid to write.  In fact, it’s so common, it’s nearly cliche.  Except that it’s a real problem, and cliche or not, we’ve all got to find a way to quiet those personal demons or, at least, tell them to shut up so we can move on.

Angela Booth suggests:

Get a writing buddy, or join a writing class, where the emphasis is on writing, rather than critiquing. When you’re writing in a group, there’s a group energy which makes it easier to write.

Join a group which doesn’t critique. Very few people know how to critique writing, and for a new writer, critiques aren’t helpful. In fact a critique may stop you writing for months or years when you’re suffering writing anxiety.

This actually happened to me, recently.  The critiques were great, and they did help.  But it got to a point, I guess, where I felt I *had* to make changes and then the changes became so huge and overwhelming that I just… became paralyzed.

Brian Clark wrote an excellent article about what it is we fear when we’re to afraid to write.  We’re all afraid of basically the same things–the trick is pushing past it.  I think I quoted here once something someone wrote on a forum:

Fear makes us life’s whiny little bitches.

That always gets me moving because, honestly?  I don’t want to be anyone’s bitch.  And I definitely don’t want to be a whiny bitch.

I’ll leave you with a link to the wonderful Cherry Forums.  An entire thread (8 pages) of some awesome writers talking about just this: What are you afraid of?

And, with that, I’ve procrastinated enough.  Time to go write.  Bite me, fear.

Update:  The writing is going very well.  I love that once you push past the scary, it’s so much freaking fun.  So, 18 pages of backstory–so far– good times.  I’m trying to ignore what I still don’t know about these characters.  Process is scary, as a matter of fact.

I love writing.  I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.

~James Michener