In my last post I mentioned I wanted to do a bloghop (my first--I'm nervous, please let someone sign up!). I also mentioned I needed to figure out how to do linky, which wasn't exactly an accurate statement. It should have been worded more like: I need to stop being lazy and read the directions. (Well at least when my son asks how to do a homework problem and I tell him read the directions and he responds, "oh, now I get it" I know he comes by it honestly. ;-p ) Directions are read, and boy is it simple. Or so it seems; this doesn't mean it's going to work when I paste in the code...
The Self Lovin' Bloghop
Being a writer is hard, and often lonely. And it's far too easy to go through the last scene/chapter we wrote and spy everything that's wrong with it--and then some. There've been plenty of times I've looked something over and thought it was lower than garbage, like that part of my hard drive should be wiped free of its slimy ooze. Even after sharing it with my closest writerly friend who point out it's great stuff and they wouldn't suggest changing much, if anything, I often still can't see what they see.
But you know what? I believe writers are driven to it for a reason. There's just something inside us that makes it natural for us to write. You may be a hack with grammar but silence crowded parties with your storytelling abilities. Maybe your characters come out looking like Flat Stanley but you can write an epic saga without a single grammar mistake or typo. Perhaps show vs. tell eludes you after years of slapping out words, but your plotting skills are the bomb. Your description is bland but your tension makes even the computer sweat as it waits for you to get to the end of the scene.
You know the best part? All of the formers can be fixed and made better with time and writing. (Just keep writing, just keep writing...) so you're already half way there! Never give up!
So please share with us what you're good at. There's something--I know there's something--no matter how small you think it is.
I'm aware a massive amount of my fellow bloggerly writers are participating in the A to Z challenge (Huge, huge kudos to you all. I'm astounded each year at all the fantastic posts and ability you all have to keep up!) so I'm leaving the dates open to any day during the 3rd week of March (17-21)--just before the challenge to pump yourselves up a little. I'll keep the linky open until the 21st, so if you'd like to sign up that Friday and post the next week instead, by all means please do! The purpose of this bloghop is to encourage, not add stress. Which also means the post can be as short as one sentence if you'd like: I type super fast! Seriously, that can be it as long as it's somthing positive, and about yourself.
Have fun with it, and best of luck to those doing A to Z!