Friday, June 03, 2011

Five for Fridays- excuses

Paper Hangover asks  FIVE excuses you're ready to give up to be a better writer.

1) I don't have time to read--  LIES-- GOOD WRITERS READ!   


2) Not everyone gets published, there's no point in trying-- TRUE-- But you learn, you get better, you become stronger, and most important, you don't stop trying.


3) Being published is the only thing that matters- WRONG- a good story is a good story, WRITE THE STORY YOU WANT TO READ, publishing is a business, but at the end of the day, you need to be proud of the words on your screen.


4) I need to write constantly, avoiding all human contact will make me stronger--- UM, no.  And it will make you one step away from being a hobbit. 


5) My manuscript is perfect, I don't need anyone to read it, I can just send it to an agent and poof I'm a New York Times Bestseller.  --- I'm so sorry I can't hear you because of my laughter... BETAS ARE REQUIRED and if you're not social enough to find one on your own, to show your work to 1 person then HOW are you going to handle being a New York Times Bestseller.   




NO EXCUSES!  GO, READ A BOOK, WRITE WHAT YOU WANT TO READ AND GIVE IT TO A BETA. 




BTW today starts the OFFICIAL DAY 1 of WEEKEND OF AWESOME. 


Expect a super awesome recap next week.


9 comments:

  1. Awesome list!! I hope you guys have loads of fun this weekend!!! Wish I were there!

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  2. Number 5 is hilarious. I also agree with number 3 - pride in our own work is so important. Have a great weekend!

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  3. Love the one about betas~ they are SO important!

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  4. Fab list! Love point #1 - all of us need to read, especially the genre we write in. What better way to enhance your own craft, then reading the work of others (which also ties into point #5, as having a beta reader is just as important as being one to others!).

    Great list!

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  5. I'm definitley not # 1, I read everywhere, in the coffee shop line up, I pay a little extra at the pump to have my car filled with gas so I can read.

    Before I buy a purse I make sure I can fit books in it, they come everywhere with me. I wait for at least an hour a day in the car, there is my reading time, now If I could just schedule the writing time...

    Great list Erinn!

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  6. I want to clap for your hints. Too bad I need to look deep inside of me, too. Guilty as charged, but at least I know what to do.
    Nahno ∗ McLein

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  7. Great list! I agree with everything you've said.

    Also, looking forward to hearing more about this weekend of awesome!

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