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@VickiPettersson wrote a mad cool blog post: "In Defense Of Being Loose"

@VickiPettersson wrote a mad cool blog post - "Writing: In Defense Of Being Loose"


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Vicki gave me something interesting to think about this afternoon. It all started while I was sitting in the corner on my favorite Starbucks stool on a break, snacking and answering FB chats, when I suddenly realized I did not make the usual rounds of my fave authors yet. It happens to be one of the things that I really love to do, sort of a scheduled writing workshop hightlight of my day, so of course I took my bloggers butt for a quick digital visit to see what's new with my social media peeps. I was plesantly surprised to discover that New York Times Bestselling Author Vicki Pettersson wrote a really eye opening, behind the scenes post about what it is like to be an author facing writing fears...

I have an inordinate amount of fun playing in my electronic sandbox, goofing in social media accounts and chatting incessantly on-line but you have to understand that blogging is not the same as writing a novel... Novels are a lot more complicated and can inspire quite a bit of angst...

Vicki's post answered a couple of questions I did not realize I had, which was very helpful, plus she recommended a very helpful book by Alexandra Sokoloff that a bunch of us are downloading. I have a couple of fave quotes from her post...

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My first fave VP quote: "...I was mentally fatigued, and unsure if this story really had legs. There are risks in speaking too soon of your burgeoning story to someone else. One is that you might lose the energy to write it. (Why bother? You’ve already told it.)"

My second fave VP quote: "I’m using my fear to drive me..."

In case you guys are new to my blog and did not know this, I absolutely adore this author and am thrilled that Vicki is writing a brand new novel.

She is also sharing some very cool writing tips while plotting and planning it. According to Vicki, that "writing" statement "is premature. What I’ve really been doing for the last week and a half is imagining the world of the story. It’s not something I’ve ever written before, and frankly, I’m frightened I can’t do it. That’s a good sign. I’ve learned by now that the thing I’m most afraid to do is always the thing I need to do most."

Very well said... I'm kinda learning that as well... (sigh)




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Comment balloon 2 commentsC Tann-Starr • August 12 2011 08:03PM


I honestly don't have those fears.  I just throw up.  I am anal with my non-blog writing in which I always question is my most recent version good enough?  I like the first quote.....with me being tired.....am I...  Good post C!

Posted by Larry Bettag, Vice-President of National Production (Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001) about 9 years ago

Thank you, Larry. I have gone into a panic handing over chapters of my book to writing workshop readers, silently freaking out while wondering what they think (sigh). Sad is I quietly panic each time I do it... I can't help it.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 9 years ago

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