Monday, January 25, 2010

Keeping the faith - some writerly advice

Kristin Cashore, author of Graceling and Fire, has a nice post up about keeping the faith while writing, even if you feel your manuscript is "a total mess".

She emphasizes that, yeah, your book might fail, but it definitely will fail if you quit writing it. She talks about faith and doubt, and how you can have both at the same time - give yourself permission to believe even as you have your doubts, and don't fail because you didn't work hard enough.

Only, she says it all so very much better. See her post here.

And talking about writing, I almost seem to jinx myself if I talk about my writing here. I'll throw caution to the wind, though, and say that I am indeed writing, and the story is coming along nicely so far.

10 comments:

aromatic said...

Stay inspired and keep writing!!
Thinking of you......
With Much Love, Jane and Basil xxx

ICQB said...

Hi Jane!

Thanks! And pats to Basil!
Linda

jo said...

Hiya,
Good. Keep the nose to the grindstone :-)
BTW, picture is finally up.
Let me know how it makes you feel. I'm curious.

Ocean Girl said...

I keep faith every time I write a post.

Anonymous said...

There once was a man from Naboo...oh wait. That's now how it goes...

ICQB said...

Hi Jo!

Thanks for going to all of the trouble to post the woodcut. I forgot to say exactly how it made me feel, but I'll say it here: I was immediately in that scene of the book with all of it's urgency. Thanks again for sharing it.

ICQB said...

Hi Ocean Girl!

And it shows - your posts are always beautiful.

ICQB said...

Hi Anonymous!

Ha!

ICQB said...

Hi Anonymous!

Ha!

ICQB said...

Hi Anonymous!

Ha!