10 February 2014 @ 05:53 am
Writing stuff!  
Writing about Writing . . . Me and the creeping dust motes. (Which could also stand for my rate of improvement!).
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Queen of the Skiesqueenoftheskies on February 10th, 2014 02:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you for sharing. Hearing about someone else's journey is always inspiring and enlightening.
Sherwood Smithsartorias on February 10th, 2014 02:36 pm (UTC)
If I I can do it, anybody can!

No kidding, I have done it back-asswards absolutely from the gitgo. Whatever dumb-bunny mistake writers make, I am The Queen. (Which is why I think I make a good teacher, because I can explain every inch of gain I've managed to fingernail-claw.)

Edited at 2014-02-10 02:37 pm (UTC)
Katekate_nepveu on February 10th, 2014 03:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks again!
Kalimac: puzzlekalimac on February 10th, 2014 05:24 pm (UTC)
Very good. It is also - as one of the commenters over there points out, but in a different context - good advice for reviewers. If you're excited by the book you've read, you're now invested in it, but your readers are not, so you should bear that in mind. A lot of the positive reviews of The Lord of the Rings when it was new make the mistake of being written for readers who are already invested. I've linked before to my retrospective attempt to write an enthusiastic-new-reader's review of 1954 that's really intended for people who haven't already read the book.
Sherwood Smithsartorias on February 10th, 2014 05:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes, good point. It's hard work to write up why the book appeals so much, but that's the kind of review I like, even when I don't agree. It's interesting to see how others perceive something I'm familiar with.
asakiyumeasakiyume on February 11th, 2014 01:52 am (UTC)
This is an excellent point about reviews! I *do* find that, now that I think about it, both in trying to write reviews and in reading them: the good ones draw you in and make you interested in the book--in its strengths or its problems or both.
asakiyumeasakiyume on February 11th, 2014 01:54 am (UTC)
(The people who win the beta reads from you and Delia are very lucky!)
Sherwood Smithsartorias on February 11th, 2014 03:58 am (UTC)
anna_wing on February 11th, 2014 03:50 am (UTC)
The only really useful bit of compositional advice that I've ever had was the one about making sure that every sentence serves more than one purpose. It applies to non-fiction too.
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