The Chirps of Other Wordbirds

by Madeleine Rex

Last week, I attempted my very first COOW (pronounced coo) post, in which I gathered my favorite posts of the week and their teasers. This week has been equally eventful and epic (is it possible to be equally epic?), and the following posts really struck me!

The Post: In What Flo Taught Me About Chemistry, Sarah Enni talks about how “Flo and the Motorcycle Dude” are a great example of fabulous chemistry between characters. And, honestly, who can not love a blog post that expertly combines writing and Flo?

The Quote:

Real-life couples have odd chemistry. So do our favorite fictional couples: The so-opposite-they’re-great Bridget Jones and Mark Darcy; the bizarre quirks that make Harry perfect for Sally; the passion that connects Claire Beauchamp and James Frasier through time.

The Post: Steph Bowe is arguably the driving force (online, at least) in the world of YA YA literature, as in young adults in the business of writing YA novels (such as myself). This week, she posted some uplifting and enlightening (two admirable qualities) tips for kids like me.

The Quote:

1. Don’t listen to a negative word anyone says. (With the exception of constructive criticism, obviously, you’ll figure out how to differentiate that from people being just plain nasty.) People will tell you that because you are young you can’t write because a) you have no life experience (as far as I’m concerned, you can have the busiest, most exotic life in the world and it doesn’t necessarily make you a good writer), b) because they couldn’t write as teenagers and c) because you should be studying to get into a good university/job or, if you’re a girl and have particularly old-fashioned acquaintaces, because you should be prettying yourself up to try and wrangle a husband. Because obviously that’s on the mind of all 16-year-olds. These people who say negative things? They aren’t going to stop when you get a book deal. If you get published as a teenager, it’ll probably get worse. Which is why you need to decide right now that what they say doesn’t matter – you know that anyone at any age can become a great writer, and they’re just jealous of your motivation.

The Post: I am simply blown away by Kiersten White. I cannot wait to read her debut novel, Paranormalcy. Luckily, I get a taste of her writing (though only a nibble) every day from her blog. This week, I loved her post, Reality. If editing’s got you blue, read this post. Remember why you’re wasting away in front of a computer screen in your pajamas. The reality in this post is the dream so many of us are working toward.

The Quote:

I know I’m living a dream (mine, and probably many of yours) and it’s incredible. It’s a buttload of work (and I never use the phrase buttload lightly), it’s exhausting, it can be very stressful, but when you get right down to the heart of it, it’s the best possible reality I could imagine.
And that’s saying a lot.
The Post: Carrie Ryan, author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth and The Dead-Tossed Waves, posted a brief overview of the book writing/publishing process. From step one, when the author works on his or her own, to step ten, when the books are printed, shipped, and (hopefully) sold to the like mad.
The Quote:

Step seven: typesetting.  The manuscript is sent to be type set which is the point at which it starts to look like a book.  Sometime before this point all the aspects of the typesetting have already been chosen and designed (what font, the layout of the pages, any chapter headers or symbols between sections).  One thing I never realized is that new errors can be introduced at this stage so if you find a typo in a book, sometimes this is where it happens.

I am aware that many of the blogs mentioned here were mentioned last week.

Do you get the picture this time?

Those. Blogs. Rock.

Let us hope that next week will be another great one in the blogosphere, but, in the meantime, I have book reviews to write.

This is Madeleine, signing off.

(P.S. Have a fantastic Memorial Day weekend.)

2 Commentsto “The Chirps of Other Wordbirds”

  1. I love steph bowe's blog (although i'm not really a writer) i just think she's amazing 😛 AndI love that thing about "odd chemistry". I think it's so true, it's what makes characters in books click! Honestly, I didn't really have a word for it before, but now I'll be paying a lot more attention to this odd chemistry.

    The other posts you shared were all awesome 🙂 I really should start reading Carrie ryan's blog, seems like she has some great content. thanks for sharing!

  2. I loved that post by Steph. And Kiersten's! They were both so inspiring this week. And I can't wait for Paranormalcy either – even before I read Kiersten's blog I saw the cover and it is so great!

    Thanks for the mention too 🙂

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