Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Archival pats on the back...

I'm a big fan of reading other blog archives. In fact, this is something that has really kept me excited about my current WIP. There is nothing more fun than knowing that someone has sold / has an agent/ is succesful/ has finished a new WIP/ whatever than going back and reading through their struggles.

Seriously, it's like reading a fairy tale. You know there's a happily-ever-after and you get to go back and read their thoughts real time. You read about the fears, the ups and downs, the struggle and success.

In fact, that's one of the reasons I keep this blog even though I'm not widely read :) I hope that someday someone out there will be starting out, will wonder what it's like to be at the beginning and will read my story and be inspired. I know that's how I've felt reading other people's history.

In that vein, today I was reading Shannon McKelden's archives and something stood out: she asked how many pats on the back a writer needed to believe in their own work. Great question!

All I know is that I've received a lot today. My other sister wrote to say she LOVED my partial and wants more as soon as I write it. Another internet writer friend told me that she liked it - this is someone who is not obligated to be nice to me! Then someone else whose opinion I admire tons told me it was cool and funny! My writing - cool and funny! Who knew?!

Like I said before, I know that the passion should come from within, the knowledge* that you can write, can succeed* has to come from yourself.

But that doesn't mean it's not awesome to hear someone else say what you like you tell yourself. Thanks everyone!

* As I've said before... I can't spell worth a shirt. Live with it.


TJ Brown said...

I need pats on the back. Don't know why... just need them:)

Carrie Ryan said...

And you deserve them! Not just writing pats but life pats :)

Unknown said...

Funny, I was just reading your archives, because I find it SO inspiring to read the archives of published authors... so when I saw this post, I just had to comment :)

So excited to see you where you are today! Congrats on your journey so far and your journey ahead!

Jillian Schmidt said...

I love reading through authors' archives too, especially when they write novels and short stories that I absolutely loved and still find myself thinking about months after reading them (ahem). So thanks for writing such amazing books, for keeping a blog about your inspiring story, and for including a post that I could comment on several years after you wrote it without seeming really weird (I hope).

m5roberts said...

reading through your archives, oh, six years later... :)