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June 4th, 2010

The Chirps of Other Wordbirds

by Madeleine Rex

This is week three of The Chirps of Other Wordbirds! If you’d like to see the older posts, because greatness in the blogosphere is always great, click here and here.

I’ve been hording posts all week. It’s so wonderful to shine the spotlight on blogs that are changing my writing and/or reading experience! If you have any post recommendations from this week or any other, leave a link in a comment!

The Post: Elana Johnson wrote a wonderful post on character motivation. It’s short and sweet, and I definitely recommend reading it.

The Quote:

When you lie awake at night, what’s missing?

The Post: Eric over at Pimp My Novel speaks about trends in general, but more specifically, The [Your Name Here]’s Daughter trend. He makes many great points because, really, aren’t you sick of this?

The Quote:

· Vampires/Werewolves. Archetype: Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series. No, really. Authors who have already established themselves as brands with this subject, like Meyer or Charlaine Harris, can pretty much continue to write vampire novels until the turn of the century. You, who are just starting out, do not have this luxury. Vampires and werewolves will always be cool, but they won’t be as cool as they are now for a long time. Putting werewolves in space or making vampires fallen angels will not increase their coolness. Trust me.

The Post: Over at, Suzette Saxton talks about what to do when you’re weary. This writing thing can hit you hard and leave you wheezing. How do you get your courage and strength back? I, for one, just work at it. Occasionally, however, I take a day off, skip those 2,000 words, and hunker down for a day of homework and nothing else. Sounds nice, actually…

The Quote:

Every writer has them, those difficult times when we just can’t send out another query, just can’t take another rejection. I’ve heard this referred to as “on the ledge,” meaning one step away from jumping off the writing cliff forever. This post is to offer a place of solace – and a list of places to go when seeking surcease from the writing demons that plague us all.

The Post: Speaking of when you’re weary, Rachelle Gardner published an inspirational and cheering post entitled You Have to Believe (don’t you feel happier already)? We so often get the blunt, hard truths of the publishing industry, but what about the blunt, soft and pleasant truths?

The Quote:

Be grateful that you’ve been given the passion and ability to write.

Be overwhelmed with thankfulness that millions of people love to read, and you love to write.

The Post: First of all, how can you resist a post called Writing a Spiderweb? Cristin Terrill’s post on the necessary absences in writing, the holes you must leave for the reader to fill in, is extremely helpful and incredibly truthful. Every writer should read this. As writers, we want to give characters every moment in the spotlight possible, but sometimes, it’s the reader’s job to be imaginative.

The Quote:

As a writer, I’m not an auteur, dictating an experience.  What I really am is a collaborator with my reader, which means I have to leave them some blank spaces to do their share of the work.  I thought I was helping by including every little thing I knew about my characters and how they related to each other, but really I was overloading my readers and depriving them of the part of the process that is and should be theirs.

The above posts are fabulous. I learned so much from all of them. They reminded me why I have 12 blog-related emails to read every morning when I wake up.

I know that I said I’d post about chemistry today, but I suppose that post is coming Monday because I’ve got Wannabe Writers and a book review on docket. I wish you sunshine (or at least more sunshine than we have here) and a wonderful weekend!

May 28th, 2010

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.)