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Some writing advice from Robin McKinley for your consideration:
http://robinmckinley.com/faq/faq.php?q_id=11

One of the biggest, and possibly the biggest, obstacle to becoming a writer -- I've said this from a slightly different angle in another answer -- is learning to live with the fact that the wonderful story in your head is infinitely better, truer, more moving, more fascinating, more perceptive, than anything you're going to manage to get down on paper.


An animated image of the main characters of Sponge Bob Square Pants who all leave the frame, one at a time.The image to your left is not necessarily related to the article on offer. Instead, it is a comment on my muses, inspiration, and ability to focus. *g* I only wanted to put a picture in. :)

This poll is having a slow day. )

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Vintage books lit by a single candle.
A story has many moods. It has good days and bad days. It must be nurtured and cared for lest it deterioriate. And it has a personality and an essence that defines how it is perceived.

~Larry Brooks


How's your story's mood? Enquiring polls want to know. )

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We should do something cool at the end of the month but I don't know what that is yet. So. Instead, I will link you to this illustration of Neil Gaiman's "Make Good Art" speech: http://zenpencils.com/comic/50-neil-gaiman-make-good-art/

I love this at the same time that I'm aware that the ability to do this is precisely what gets stolen from us by depression, stress, ADHD, fibromyalgia, and other conditions. I think that's the most bitter, unfair part for me, that when I need to most, I cannot "make good art". I can't even "make BAD art". Maybe there's some round about route to reach art and writing in those times, but I don't know it yet. Maybe the first step is only to take "good" out of the equation and see what comes. The second step, I don't know.

Is art, or writing, a panacea for you?

This poll says to take two muses and call it in the morning )

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(A lazy crosspost from [community profile] writethisfanfic. Sorry, I feel like crap today.)
"We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit."
~e. e. cummings


Feedback is a big thing for a lot of writers—hell, a lot of humans. Sometimes, it's what keeps our heads above water when we're feeling terrible. Craving that little shot of approval is totally normal. Most of us aren't well-schooled in being impervious and self-sufficient. Personally, the more honest I am about seeking approval, the more I accept that need it, the easier it is to get by without it... the brain is an odd thing. Regarding the quote above, I do feel it's possible for that "someone" to be one's self, but it can take a real leap of faith.

How big a deal is feedback for you? Is a little enough or do you find that getting any at all makes you need more? Do you feel like your work is less valuable or less accomplished when you see that someone else is getting tons more approval or are you able to keep perspective, do you really know that the social forces behind popularity and "blockbuster" stories aren't necessarily about relative quality and value and validity? Would you be writing differently if feedback didn't matter?

Click me for one gold star. )

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May. 2nd, 2012 06:48 pm
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Somewhere, there is a story which will suit you, enable you to grow, and it is not necessarily the story of your own personal ancestors, your own personal culture. It may be half a globe away from them, or fourteen hundred years, and you may have to seek long through space/time before you find it. But you will know it when you have found it because it will let you see at last that there is no qualitative difference between thought and matter, and that the creative imagination is more healing than any medicine. Don't settle for someone else's story. Find yours. Create a truth which is your truth. And remember that while the facts remain the same, the truth is always changing.
~Elizabeth Arthur, Antarctic Navigation (1994)
Anyone else want to tattoo this quote on their heart?

Poll on, my wayward suns... )

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