Whoa! Day three of NaNo is here .. Tell me how those overworked brains, cramping wrists, and aching arses are holding up? I feel pretty good considering I've been working at 3am and writing in between. (For the record, I work from home and take calls from UK/Ireland while it's their regular hours.)
Sapphire is coming along nicely ... so much so that if I only had more time to write, I could get it all out with days to spare.
Time is my challenge, never story.
So as usual I'll post my Weekly Spotlight today. If you're new to my blog, each week I shine the spotlight on a blog I follow and tell you why I follow it. Due to the constraints and limited blog activity from NaNoWriMo, this will be my last Weekly Spotlight til December. I'd hate for the blogger in the spotlight to miss possible new followers because so many are concentrating on NaNo right now.
But in the spirit of all things writerly, I thought today would be the perfect opportunity to tell you about a blog I stumbled upon a couple of months ago. How did I stumble upon it? Found the web address right on the back flap of her book ... easy as pie.
And the Oscar goes to .....
JESSICA PAGE MORRELL of The Writing Life Too
*applause* *whistles* * cheers*
Have you read her book, Thanks, But This Isn't For Us? Funny story, I was waiting for the doors of B&N to open so I could write in the coffee shop one morning, and they had their clearance book racks out front already. I hadn't planned on shopping, wasn't even looking, but by chance my eyes fell upon the binding of Jessica's book at the bargain price of like $4 or something ridiculous. Flipped through it, couldn't stop reading it. Bought it. Devoured it over the next few days. No joke.
I don't know if it was just the right time or what, but everything she writes about why writers get rejected just clicked and resonated like nothing else ever has. I've read the usual writing guides and gained something from each one (list on my Writers Bookshelf link to the right) but Jessica's book just spoke to me.
This is the book cover. Click on it and it will take you to Amazon where you can purchase for a really great price. If you haven't read it, do yourself a favor.
What's more, is you can get Jessica's sage advice from her blog as well. I am serious when I say she always has something helpful to writers on her blog. She is a writer. And editor. And she lays it out in a real, down to earth way ... plus, she's funny and witty. I could champion her to you all day, but don't take my word for it .... check out her blog and read for yourself. Buy her book (one of a few) and take the opportunity to polish your craft just a little bit more. She's got all the inside secrets and she tells it like it is.
On a separate note, I'll be on reduced blogging schedule for the remainder of the month, so if I don;t make it to your blog to comment, I apologize in advance. I plan to get around as much as I can in between work, family, and NaNo project. But I'll be swinging in full force again once this first draft is out.
Is there a particular writing guide that's spoken to you about craft? There are so many, and it can;t hurt to read them all, but I imagine it's like the feeling you get when you find the right agent ... the feeling that someone gets you, even though they have no idea who you are.