Wednesday, February 16, 2011

It's Okay to LOVE Your Writing

Hello? Hello? Is anybody out there?

My blogging is as scattered as my mind has been lately. So, yeah. For sure, thanks for sticking around, bloggie friends. I'm so glad you're here. So happy to see your comments, especially.

The thing is, okay, I've been working frantically in preparation for this conference I'm going to tomorrow  with Smexy Shannon Messenger (San Francisco Writers Conference). It's sort of a big deal. Probably the coolest one I've been to yet. And by coolest I mean terrifying. But, at the same time, I've been trying to get some beta reading in, and you know, taking care of real life stuff, which can be such a drag but also way awesome and exhilarating, too (dude, you know you love a clean bathroom). Oh, and I'm working on a new manuscript which is by far the most kick ass story I've ever written. Like seriously, it's one of those where you go back and reread your own writing and can't believe your brain came up with that.

I'll probably come back to it after I'm finished with it and want to slice open a vein because it's so crapulous. But for now, I'm swinging high, reveling in my brilliance. Did I mention it was kick ass?

No, I'm not giving anything away. But the setting is, oh my word, so freaking awesome, you have no idea.

There are no vampires, though. Or angels. Or mermaids. Or zombies.

Just something...else.

Dun dun dunnnnnnnn...

Okay, I'll stop now. *slaps self*

Seriously's okay to love your writing. Don't be ashamed. If you're in this business, I'd like to believe it's not just for all the riches and Oprah fame, right? It's not just because there's so much glory in being an author. It's not just because it's fun to tear your hair out and sob when the rejections come in. You gotta believe that you're good at this, people--and getting better and better.

Step one: Love to write.

Step two: Love what you write.

You don't have to love it all the time even half of the time, but let your writing be your happy thought, knowing that you are capable of something truly great. If you're waiting to publish before you claim your confidence, you may be waiting a long time. But if you love what you write, there's a chance that feeling about your work just might be catching.

Oh oh oh oh! I have news!!! One of my fellow Bookanistas Corrine Jackson has just sold her first book!!!!

Her YA contemp IF I LIE will be published in Fall 2012 by the Simon Pulse imprint at Simon & Schuster!

CONGRATULATIONS, CORY!!!!! So so so so happy for you!

Be sure to go see Cory and congratulate her! While you're there checking out her journey to publication, why don't you hook her up with a new bloggie friend by clicking on her follower button? You're gonna love her.

Also? Shannon and I totally get to meet her this weekend in real life along with another Bookanista Veronica Rossi (whose trilogy beginning with UNDER THE NEVER SKY will be published Winter 2012 by Harper Collins). So excited to meet them!


Happy trails and all that...

See ya on the flip side.


  1. Hooray for loving your writing! And hooray that you're going to the San Francisco Writer's Conference! Keep us posted on how it goes, and have a great time.

  2. Have a great time at that conference.

    I am very glad you wrote this post. I had been thinking lately how much I liked my new WIP... and then I felt a bit bad... now, I don't :)

  3. yay for corrine! so excitinggg. and yay for writing love, too! eet eez so important, actually. even if i do hate it most of the time, its good to be reminded once in a while that it's actually healthy to LOVE it. :)

  4. We have to love our own especially during the first draft! If not, maybe we should write something else! That's great! Have fun at the conference!

  5. I will go and congratulate Corrine. So awesome.
    Thank you for this post. You always know how to make me smile. Sometimes we get so caught up in the "I suck" that we don't stop to see our "awesome". I'm stopping to see the awesome. I just started a project where I think it's awesome (although, I'm stuck, but that's okay. I've got enough crap to work on.) Oh and I hear ya about the clean bathroom, I've got to go do that now, along with some laundry (really, does that end?)
    Good luck with your new project. I know it will be awesome.

  6. Hoy shidazzle this is the best post ever.

    "'s one of those where you go back and reread your own writing and can't believe your brain came up with that."

    "...let your writing be your happy thought..."

    Carol Freaking Miller, I love you.

  7. I'm working on something I love right now too. It is FUN. In fact, I'm closing out blogger now, so I can go write!

  8. So happy for Corrine!! She's wonderful!!

  9. Your book sounds like my new wip, Carolyn: Kick ass. ;)

    Have fun at the conference. I'm jealous.

  10. I generally LOVE my writing during the first draft. By the end of that I'm pretty much ready to accept the Pulitzer and Printz and Nobel Prize for Awesomeness. Now that I'm in revisions? Um, not so much.

  11. Aww, this post just made my morning! Such a great reminder. Have fun at the conference this weekend!

  12. Oh the first draft is SO FUN. I love that in love feeling.

    Have a wonderful time, I know you'll dazzle them.

    Have a safe and wonderful journey, love.

  13. Have a great time at the conference and with this new WIP, which has my curiosity stirred!

  14. Yay for conferences! Yay for Shannon!

    Of course, you must give us a full recap on the flip side. Will you and Shannon do a group vlog? That'd be awesome.

    Oh, and congratulations on finding the new-WIP happy place, good lady. You know we're all rootin' for you. *high fives*

    (Did my comment stand out enough for you? Should I have used all caps in the last graf? #curious)

  15. Fantastic news for Corrine Jackson!!! Yay for her!!!! Brilliant news!!! Yay!!

    And yay that you and the smexy (you should patent this word - it's a great word and should be incorporated into the english lingo asap!!!) Shannon Messenger are off Conferencing!!!!

    Enjoy!!! And yes let's love our writing - it;s the only one we've got!! Take care

  16. CONGRATS TO YOUR FRIENDS! I am hopping over to both blogs right after this. Also, I know what you mean - sometimes I DO look back at my own writing and go "Holy mother of LaLa, this is Amazing." Other times I look at my writing and go, "Where are the matches??" But overall, I think if you have a passion for writing, you gotta give in to the self-love to keep you going.

  17. Thanks for the congrats, Carol! I can't wait to meet you.

    And thanks to everyone for the author love!!

  18. Yay for your WIP! I love my writing sometimes. Other times not so much :) Have fun at the conference!

  19. Have a great time this weekend, and say hello to Shannon #1 for me! :-)

  20. Hope you have an awesome time this weekend! You should stop in SLC on your way back. ;) And ooh, I want to know what your idea is!! Sounds awesome. I love that in love stage. I'm there right now. Hoping it lasts long enough to bust out the rough draft.

  21. Have a great time this weekend and tell us all about it when you get back!

  22. You are so right. How will anybody else love it if we don't? But I'm so jealous about your conference. Have a wonderful time!

  23. Yay for Corrine! That's such awesome news.

    It's amazing that you're loving your story. That's a pretty darn good sign, since all that passion is bottled up on those pages.

    I'm loving the book I've done the least amount of work on. What's up with that? I think because I'm getting better with each try, and it's my most recent.

    Have fun in SF!

  24. I went to the SF writer's conference last year. It was great! I'm busy this year otherwise I could have met you and all these other cool bloggers in person..oh, well. Let us know how it goes:)

  25. Ah, I'm jealous of your conferencing, and I hope you have a glorious time. Perhaps I could sell a kidney (spleen? I will sell this spleen SO.FAST) for a future event. I'm digging that you're liking what you write, and I am ready to be in that zone again. It's good to hear, though, and your optimism is refreshing. Enjoy your trip, Carol. :>

  26. Writing becomes this 'person' that challenges you, argues with you, behaves really badly in front of you (and possibly behind your back) and it also works with you, possibly loves you back - especially when you, yourself can hit all the right notes with it.

    The relationship between writer and writing is never the same from one person to the next. It is as individual as one's thumb print - unique.

    That the product can touch so many beyond each of us (as writers) is the gift, the Holy Grail.

    I hope you have a most excellent time in San Francisco Cee. x

  27. I do love my manuscript. Not every paragraph. But I do. I might marry it.
    And you go to so many amazing conferences you lucky!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You and Shannon have an amazing time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  28. Oh yeah! 30 STM is doing a north american tour in the spring. Haven't checked to see where they are coming, but I know you want to see them, so look into it!

  29. YAY! Great post! So glad you are lovin' your writing ;o) Congrats to Cory!! Oh and hello... I'm so jealous, that San Fran conference sounds like so much fun!!! I hope you and Shannon have a blast ;o)

  30. You guys are the bomb.

    Whoa. Hello 1995.

    Anyway, thank you guys for all your kind comments, support, and encouragement. I'm running behind at the moment. Still have to finish packing and prepare some documents for my trip. But I have to wake up and hit the airport in only a few hours. I promise I'll respond individually and visit blogs ASAP (hopefully I can do some blog hopping during a layover)!! But thank you so very much, guys. As always.

  31. Crapulous -- hee! I heart you. :)

    I felt that way about the MS I'm currently querying, and I *still* (mostly) feel that way about it. It makes me really nervous bc I feel like I'm supposed to hate it, right???

    Ahh, the neuroses. :)

    Glad to see you in the blogosphere, m'dear!


  32. Have an awesome time at the conference! I SO wish I was going with you guys! It's a bad weekend for me. :-( But I can't wait to hear the recap!

  33. I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU TOMORROW!'re going to get to see what I look like when I wake up. And yeah, definitely NOT smexy.


    See you soon! Ahhhhhhhhhh!

  34. Nothing wrong with loving what you write-your enthusiasm makes me want to read it! You're in the spirit, my dear. Don't cut open that vein just yet...


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