Yay! Legos are fun! But there are so many. And so many colors and shapes and wait, this kit has directions? Are there rules I'm supposed to be following? Maybe I should smash it and start over. Okay but this big green piece, that's a pretty solid base, right? Maybe. I like this gray one though. Okay, so walls. Maybe some over here... this thing here.... and voila! A
|I didn't really build this. My kids did.|
It looks.... pretty good! I mean, it's recognizable as something resembling a
|credit: aidsley at Flickr|
At which point I want to take my toys and go home.
Luckily, some of my favorite writers don't just inspire me through books-- they also have great blogs. For instance, Laini Taylor's "A Dollhouse Metaphor for Writing":
"You know how rearranging a room is so rewarding? Well, dollhouses are no different. And ... are you ready for this? Manuscripts are no different either!"Or Gayle Forman's "Doors and Books and Doors to Books":
"You start out with this solid mass. A 60-year-old door. An 80,000 word document. Same diff. They are both large and unwieldy and kind of ugly. Yet, you suspect somewhere within this mass is something better, something worthy, something you want to display to the world. But first, you have to dig it out of all the layers of crap."Or Kristin Cashore's "Advice to New Writers":
"In the end -- and I mean this 100% -- what matters is what you think of your book. Don't get me wrong, this can change based on the intelligent commentary of others. Speaking personally, criticism by others has absolutely helped me to see my own books more clearly, in all their flaws. But don't forget that some of the people who express reactions to your books will actually be judging a green triangle as if it is a failed attempt at a yellow square. Those criticisms hurt, but they're not actually relevant to your process. It's safe to let them go."
What keeps you from driving a Tonka truck through the walls of your Lego castle (and over your laptop while you're at it)? Head to YA Highway and leave a link in the comments, then see what inspires and motivates other writers.
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