Write With Me! Study Hall, Monday, June 27, 2016: You’re Amazing! 

Really! I’ve never met a writer who wasn’t amazing. 

I met a few I didn’t like very much, like the guy who sat in the back of the critique group and made negative comments about everyone else’s work, but didn’t bring any of his own; or the woman who refused to write about the object she had chosen to bring to one of my workshops and didn’t like any of the alternatives I suggested. Here’s the thing: I have a habit of turning people who give me a hard time into characters in my stories and novels, sending them “Bless your heart” mental vibes as I try to write what I think motivates such behavior. Move past the irritation, I keep telling myself, and get to the root. And you know what? They turn out to be amazing, like Mr. Snape. Naughty characters are so much more interesting than Goody Two-Shoes. Some people have a hard time admitting they’re having a hard time, so they pass it along to everyone else. Does that make sense?

Which brings me to Monday’s, and why I love them. Because YOU are all amazing in the best ways: complex, brave-hearted, and interesting. After all, you came here to my blog knowing I would say to you something like this:
It’s the handling problems that makes you amazing, you see. You’re here to get something done. 

Today, I’m reconciling some changes I unwittingly made on two different documents, becaus I was in a rush and did not label them properly. Oh, yes, I did that. I work so hard to keep revisions on one master copy but last week I flubbed it. That’s my issue for today, and I will handle it and move on.

What’s your issue? Anything you need help with? Give us a clue in the comments section below, and we’ll do our best to help out. Things moving along swimmingly? Do your Monday morning thing and Launch! 

Love and out.

2 responses to “Write With Me! Study Hall, Monday, June 27, 2016: You’re Amazing! ”

  1. Bobbi Avatar

    Not quite swimmingly, but things are plodding along. There are so many distractions – I’m a news junkie, so…. Also the genealogy, especially since I obtained my “lost” grandmother’s death certificate, full of information but also raising lots of questions. Also, reading. The best way to write, I think, is to read and incorporate what you find that is pertinent to what you’re writing. For example, I’ve revisited both the Betsy series and YA novels like Seventeenth Summer, as well as your chapters in Eve’s Garden that feature the high school years.
    As usual, I’m working today on Randi. I’ve gone back to the beginning in order to flesh out some of the secondary and tertiary characters, so your comments about meanies today is a big help. I found myself writing, without really thinking about it, Randi’s boy-crazy friend who is very self-centered and regularly puts down a third friend who doesn’t defend herself. Now I want to go back and create facts and events to explain their relationship.

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    1. Glenda Bailey-Mershon Avatar

      I remember loving Seventeenth Summer. How cool to have Eve and Beverly influence Randi’s story! Can’t wait to read about her.


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