Wednesday, March 3

WIP Wednesday

Sadly, I don't have much to report today. The weekend was pretty lousy, so I didn't get much done. I was just too stressed to focus on my writing. Oh well. Hopefully this weekend will be better!

Not much to report on the personal side of life. I did really well on my Anthropology midterm (88%... A). I also got another (A) in my Romantic Lit class, and I got an (A-) on that horrid book review I had to write a few weeks ago for history. I'm just waiting back to hear about my American Lit midterm that I took on Monday. I think it went pretty well, so I'm not worried.

Other than that, nothing has been going on. Just workin'.

However, there is something I would like to talk to you guys about. Recently I've been noticing a lot of negativity about writing on both Twitter and on the blog-o-sphere. Now yes, you're allowed to have bad days, weeks, and even months, and you're allowed to share it with the writing community. BUT, you have to be very careful that you don't come across as whiny. Remember, agents look at blogs... and if they see that you're riddled with doubts and whine about your writing, they aren't as likely to sign you.

As well, it annoys the ever-living crap out of me to see people doubting their work CONSTANTLY. This isn't the odd comment here or there, this is constant ridicule of their own work, and it DRIVES ME INSANE! Making comments like "now, don't laugh...."* as they show their work and "well, I suck" is not good. Not only is it annoying to other people, but it doesn't help your own self esteem. And remember, if it bugs me--your friend!--how do you think agents would react?

*I changed this to avoid confusion. Earlier I had it as something like "now don't laugh until after you leave my blog" but a friend was joking about that on her blog, so it made it sound like I was talking about her. But I wasn't! =) *


  1. Whoo-hoo! Congrats on all those A's, girl!

    I didn't get much done on my WIP this week either. But I've decided not to stress over it and start fresh next week with no regrets.

    I did sign up for an online workshop on mastering POV. I'm hoping to learn lots.

    Yes, constant whining can wear on the nerves. Plus it's not good for a writer's self-esteem. I hope I don't whine too much about not having time to write. If I do, tell me to shut up! :)

  2. "If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen" comes to mind. There's nothing wrong with humility and some good-natured self-deprication, but there comes a time when people go so far in self-depricating that they push themselves into the opposite side. If you really think you're that bad of writer, perhaps you should try needlepoint, you know?

    Great topic!

  3. I second the woo-hoo for all of those fabulous A's! That's wonderful:)

    Well, I'm proud to toot my horn, so to speak...I met my goal to write 5000 words in a week. No easy task, but it was well worth it. I'm riding high now and itching to get back to writing!

    Well said about the excess negativity. I have bad days, as does everyone, but constantly whining about it is a turn-off.

  4. Dang, did you just straight call out the Sweet Niblet?!

    I still love you. I hope she does, too. :)

  5. Some great words in this post! You're right, we all have our down days where things just can't seem to go the way we want. But it's all how you present it that makes the difference. I can still say "I am having a crappy day" without whining. (At least I try to)

  6. Amber- EH?! I didn't call out Tina.... What are you on about? Does she talk about this on her blog or something?!

  7. Jennifer- Thanks! That's a good way to look at it--stressing about not getting anything done just leads to more stress. Woo, that's good. You'll have to let me know how the workshop goes! LOL! No, you don't whine too much, trust me. I don't think I've ever thought you were whining.

    Summer- I AGREE! I mean, I think we all have our bad days, but constantly thinking you suck? No.

    Melissa- Thanks!! WOOHOO! I saw that on your blog! That's awesome. I'm thinking I'm going to have to unplug *sighs* I agree about it being a turn off.

    Harley- Exactly. I mean, I've complained on here about not getting a chance to write, or being stuck. But the way I see it, you have to try and put a positive spin on it-- and you also have to know how often you do it.

  8. Amber- LMAO! I see what you're talking about. No, I actually wrote this post before I read her blog (just hadn't posted it yet-- I was in class). I didn't even notice that when I read it earlier!

  9. Congrats on the good grades! Did you ask the American Lit teach about Twilight? lol.

    No negativity on blogs or Twitter. Not a good impression to make. That's what friends and private emails are for. ;)

  10. Great job on the coursework, Nat. you should be proud. I know I am. =o)

    I still don't Twitter. I think I might get addicted and never get anything else done. LOL However, if I ever get whiny, feel free to slap me. Right now, though, I'm feeling pretty positive about my work. Heck, I still feel positive about my rejected novels. Someday someone will love them as much as I do. Until then, I can wait and grow, and of course, write more books. =oD

  11. Woo-hoo look at you!!! Super smart with all those A's... congratulations!!!

    Whining is annoying and I'm glad to know you care and are supportive!!! Way to speak your mind!!!

    My WIP is on hold due to a friend being in town... shame on me!

  12. Karen- Thanks! LOL! No, I didn't. He doesn't really have a sense of humour soo.... I agree. A few rants here or there are fine I think, but when it's constant it gets really annoying.

    B.E.- Awww thanks!!! =D Yeah, Twitter is addictive *sighs* and you've never been whiny about writing or anything else! Yay for being positive!!!

    Jen- Thanks!!! Haha, that's okay! You're allowed some breaks =)

  13. I would just like to clarify that I love my stories and I think I have complete moments of brilliance. They just aren't all strung together in novel length yet. So, stop bashing on me, Natalie :P

  14. Ah...that was funny. #goodtimes Amber cracks me up. Besides, I was telling y'all not to laugh at me for being dorky and making a trailer. I never said not to laugh at my work.

    I feel you on this post. As writers, we all have those days when a ticker tape runs through our head reading, "I'm a hack!" or some such thing, but the key is not to let it get you down. Not to forget why you write. Being published would be fantastic and a definite affirmation of our talent, BUT it isn't why I write. I write for release. I write to take part in a fantasy world, because let's face it...our fantasies are better to us than another author's. I love getting lost in a book that I'm reading but much more a book that I'm writing. My world, my rules. *nods enthusiastically*

  15. Great point, Natalie.

    It's always tough to strike a balance between honestly representing your writing in a way that's helpful for other writers, and presenting yourself in a way an agent would like. I want to be as honest as I can so other writers can learn from my mistakes - my goal as a blogger is to honestly represent the writing journey.

    But I also want to, y'know, get published someday, so I want thr world to see my strengths too.

    *sigh* It's tough here at the bottom!

  16. Tina- LOL! I really wasn't talking about you. I would never bash my writing peeps on here. I was talking about a friend of mine (someone I've met), and also just in general from what I've been seeing around. I agree 100%. If you're writing JUST to be published.... =\ I mean, being published would be fantastic, but it shouldn't be the sole reason you write.

    Ellen- Thanks =) Yes, that is a good point. We want to be honest with our writer friends, but we can't always BE so blatantly honest. I think if you're honest about the journey, but put a positive spin on it, like "It's okay, now I know not to do this_______" etc... I think that helps to not be so whiny or negative. Ya know?


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