First, a quick administrative note: I am so sorry if you’ve recently had any problems with posting comments here! Apparently all comments are going into the spam folder, and I didn’t notice until a few days ago. Now that I know, I’ll keep a better eye on things, as well as search for a fix.
“Literary Talent vs. Story Talent” by Ingrid Sundberg
It was an important milestone in my personal writing journey to realize that these were not the same thing. In fact, I often find I might agree with McKee’s statement that story talent is rare. When a book is weak, it is seldom the literary writing that has disappointed me, but the design and telling of the story itself that I have problems with. Additionally, books lacking in beautiful phrases and witty dialogue, somehow still have me turning pages because the design of the story is so good.
“On the Joys of Not Finishing What You Started” by Michelle Richmond
Our impulse as writers is to attempt to salvage the words, to make good on the promise we made to ourselves when we penned the very first line. While there is beauty in perseverance, sometimes the best thing you can do for a story is let it go, and give yourself the freedom to begin again.
“Publishing Does Not Want to Eat Your Heart” by Maggie Stiefvater
It just doesn’t care that you exist.
I’ve always been fine with that. I don’t need Publishing to be my friend. I don’t even need Publishing to like me. As a writer, I’ve just wanted Publishing to give me a career. And as a reader, I’ve just wanted Publishing to give me books I want to read.
That last sentence is going to be my thesis statement for this entire blog post, so maybe I should put it in bold.
Publishing tries to give people books they want to read.
And finally, if you’ll indulge me, my own post “How to Serve and Swallow Criticism” is up at Writer Unboxed today.