Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Two section post Wednesday: Awards...and Ooooh, I could write a novel.

I have a two section posting plan of action today. It may be a longer ride than usual but please stay with me guys :)

My first, well it's all about me of course! Ha, no, it's just a HUGE thank you for the awesome hugs of love I've received so far this week.

Creepy Query Girl has awarded me this cute little award:

Roxy has given me these cute little yellow boots. Very stylish.

And a huge shout out to my QT bud Laura . Laura named me her up and coming blogger yesterday (blush). Check out her blog and say hi.

Stay tuned later this week when I shall be passing my love along the blogosphere.

And now back to my scheduled programming :)

I love writing. You love writing. Admit it, even when we are stuck on a scene or have writers block and turn off the computer and claim we'll never write again...we still go back.
Writing is like opening a tube of Pringles once you type you can't stop.

Some days the words flow...some days not so much. But the thing that makes me laugh (in my head of course, I'm not is when non-writing friends say writing is easy.

EASY! I don't want to scare them off so I don't plunge into having an idea, writing it down, developing it into a story. I don't mention character arcs, story arcs, plots, sub-plots, dialogue tags, scene and world building. Then there's the revision. The tearing your hair out over crutch words and adverbs. Then there are queries, synopsises, agent searches, submissions and the waiting. Oh the waiting.

They say "I could write a novel."

The words stick inside my throat. "Noooooo, you don't know what you are letting yourself in for."

Then I realise. I smile and nod because - in spite of everything - I wouldn't trade all those things that frustrate me for anything.

I love having ideas. I enjoy the challenge writing presents and the constant learning curve I have thrown myself into. I love that there are people in the world (that's you guys, btw;) ) who share this with me. Who cling to those hours in the day they get to work on their MS.

Who am I to take that journey away from someone if the passion is there?

So I answer "Yeah, it's hard work but it's worth it. Write a draft and you'll see what I mean."

So today, I salute you. Because in a world of people who said they "could" write a novel you actually did/do/are doing it. And despite all the stuff that goes along with it you love it. Even if it doesn't always love us back.


Carole Anne Carr said...

Thanks so much for the encouragement - love the boots!

Matthew Rush said...

Writing is easy.

Writing well is hard work.

Anonymous said...

Writing is easy???? Trying to write a novel is the hardest thing I've ever done. And I've given birth to two children! :)

JustineDell said...

I think Matt said it pretty well. Everyone can write. But writing something that someone actually wants to read? Now that's hard. Which is where the novel comes in. It's difficult to write novel thats inspiring, or intriquing, or keeps you hooked, etc. etc.


Jaydee Morgan said...

Exellent post! Writing is my passion but I agree, it's not easy. The encouraging words defintitely help though :)

Mayowa said...

Great post.

This here profession is thankless, backbreaking and frustrating work, but can you imagine doing something else? me neither.

Congratulations on the awards.


LOL. No you didn't.

Talli Roland said...

Aw, thanks for the warm fuzzy! And congratulations on the awards!

Jen said...

You're so sweet!!! Love this post! First off congratulations on the awards, they are certainly deserved and secondly... we salute you!

Lydia Kang said...

congrats on your awards. Well deserved I must say! And congrats to anyone who has actually written a novel. It's a huge accomplishment!

Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) said...

Carole. They are great boots aren't they ;) Glad you felt encouraged too.

Matthew. I agree with you. Writing well is hard work.

Jana. I know, that was my in my head response. not the giving birth bit (the easy bit).

Justine. Great points. It's like trying to be a mind reader three years in the future as to what people will enjoy reading. lol.

Jaydee. Glad you liked the post. I'm with you in the writing is a passion.

Mayowa. Inspiring words as always. And no, I couldn't think of doing anything else.

Talli. Thanks on the congrats. And I'm glad you felt fuzzy :)

Jen. Aww, you make me blush. Glad you liked the post.

Lydia. Thanks. I agree with you, writing a novel is a huge accomplishment.

Amparo Ortiz said...

This was just what I needed to read today :) Feeling the writing blues happens more often than not, and I'm thrilled to see a community of encouraging, loving people who dare to both dream and do.

I could not agree with you more about everything you said, Lindsay. Thanks for making me smile today!

Palindrome said...

I couldn't agree more. I wouldn't trade this for the world! I loves it!! Even though sometimes it can be tricksy...

beth said...

Yup! This is definitely the life. When I'm very frustrated, my husband approaches me and asks if it's worth it...and it always is.

Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) said...

Amparo. Sorry you had the writing blues but I'm so glad I made you smile. We gotta stick together and keep sharing the dream.

Palindrome. You are so right, writing is tricky. Maybe that could be a new writer motto. lol.

Beth. That is so awesome that your husband asks you that. I shall remember those words. Is it worth it? Yup:)

Elana Johnson said...

I'm saluting right back atcha. Writing is hard, and you have to love it to keep going. Congrats on your well-deserved awards.

Danyelle said...

Congrats on your awards. I love this--it's so true. Writing is hard, mind numbing, nauseating work sometimes, but I wouldn't trade it for anything. :D

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

Yup, writing is hard work, but, as you have said, writers love it. Thanks for the wonderful post.

MBW aka Olleymae said...

ha, so true...what a long, hard, ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL journey. I wouldn't be happy without at least giving it a try!!

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Thanks for your encouraging, lovely blog. And double thanks for the obvious effort all this takes. Roland

Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) said...

Elana, Thanks for the congrats and I agree. It is a love of writing that keeps us going:)

Danyelle. Me neither, bring on more mind numbing!

Kathi. Welcome and glad you enjoyed the post:)

Ollymae, me neither. I have to try this journey and now I'm on the road I can;t inagine leaving it.

Roland. Aww (blush)I'm glad you like my little blog. Nice to have you with us:)