Writing-related blogs

Wow, is the the most creative blog title ever? I think it might be.

Geeze.

Anyway…

Lately I’ve read many interesting and thought-provoking blogs by writers blogging on the subject of reading/writing.

Jennifer Lynn Barnes has an excellent post today called “Finding and Keeping the Love” about how the act of writing and the process of being a writer changes once it becomes YOUR JOB. Very true stuff.

I also really enjoyed her post a few weeks back about why she (and I) think the new 90210 TV show doesn’t work–or, more precisely, her “Thoughts on Characterization and Layers“, which was excellent as well.

I have also enjoyed Shannon Hale’s three part series on “How to Be a Reader“.

And my agent, Kristin Nelson, just blogged about how overnight success takes 2 to 10 years.

All thought-provoking reads if you ask me.

But I want to add one more thing to the mix and then I’m going to stop talking about writing for a little while. I promise.

It seems that last week Lauren Conrad who, I’m told, is a reality TV star got a multi-book deal from a major publisher, HarperCollins.

Some people have asked how I feel about this, but to be honest I don’t feel about it…at all.

Really. I don’t.

Lauren Conrad’s deal doesn’t affect me in any way. Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe someday in the near future someone is going to walk into a bookstore and be able to afford just Lauren’s book or just my book and I’ll lose out.

But there’s nothing I can do about it…

Except write better books. So that’s what I’m going to do.

When I first started writing I had no friends who were interested in the craft. I knew absolutely no one who was knowledgeable about the business. I was practically the girl in the literary bubble…

And looking back that’s one of the best things that ever happened to me.

In this day and age there are probably hundreds of online writers groups where writers can form friendships and alliances. There are lots of writing organizations with local chapters where people can meet regularly to gossip about the business.

There are so many ways for writers to come together to talk about the problems of the industry (and, believe me, there are plenty), that now when I cruise through some of the online writers’ boards I frequently wonder how any writing is getting done.

I know people who absolutely swear by their local chapter of RWA or SCBWI (if you don’t know those terms, please google them), so I’m not telling anyone that they shouldn’t be a member and they shouldn’t network.

But I will tell you that during my early writing years I had no choice but to spend a grand total of zero hours a day discussing the Lauren Conrads of the world. And, looking back, that was probably a good thing.

–Ally

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