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One more thing!

The title of Tamora Pierce's blog?

DARE TO BE STUPID!!

I'm stealing it for my personal coat-of-arms! Onward! :shootingstar
#31 - August 15, 2013, 11:54 AM

Wow, this post is right on time for me. I've been feeling down and out for weeks because I don't feel like I'm up to par with other writers or that I'm "writerly" enough. If that makes any sense. My background is so different from most other writers. Then I feel isolated, like I have no writer friends whereas everyone else online seems to have all of these betas, cps, etc. And it's just little ol' me. *sigh* Yep, definitely know the feeling.
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Then I feel isolated, like I have no writer friends whereas everyone else online seems to have all of these betas, cps, etc. And it's just little ol' me. *sigh* Yep, definitely know the feeling.

A.C. - I know the feeling, too, but you have friends now. This board is filled with amazing people eager to help.

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#33 - August 18, 2013, 09:01 AM

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Everyone feels like that, Amanda, when they read amazing writing.

My trick is instead of thinking 'Woe is me, I'll NEVER be that good', I try to dissect WHY it's so good, and then totally steal techniques/ ways of looking at things/ ideas from that book (not words, cos uh, that'd be plagiarism). Art is all about stealing, um, I mean learning from others! And the next thing you know, you're on the road to becoming a better writer (and having fun reading great books while you do it).
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Art is all about stealing, um, I mean learning from others!

Totally agree. It's why we're told to read, read, read, if we're going to write. One great idea begets another.
#35 - August 18, 2013, 09:40 AM
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A.C. - I know the feeling, too, but you have friends now. This board is filled with amazing people eager to help.

Laurel

Thanks Laurel. You guys rock  ;D
#36 - August 18, 2013, 05:29 PM

This is a great thread.  My first reaction was to say X you nailed it!  But so many people nailed it.  Thank you for the great posts.
#37 - August 18, 2013, 06:10 PM
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