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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Writing Lessons of 2012

Last night on the live #WritersRoad chat on Twitter we chatted about writing lessons that we learned last year. It was so much fun hearing what other authors and writers had to say that I thought I'd share some of the chat with you. Here are a few tweets complete with links to the person on Twitter:

 I learned more about 3rd person POV by reading others' works-that I can feel just as close to character.

 Yes, it is! I've definitely learned how to find what fits and hone my voice.

 My lessons learned in 2012? 1. Sometimes faster is not better.

 I learned a lot by writing short stories and flash fiction. Hope to do more of that this year. It helps with novel writing, too

 2012 learned that it's okay to get off the querying wagon and work on craft.

 In 2012 I learned firsthand that there is definitely such a thing as working on too many projects at once!

 The most important lesson I learned in 2012 is not to lose focus.

 Another thing I learned from the industry this year is that POV & tense should be intentionally chosen for type of story...

What about you? If you're a writer, what did you learn in 2012? If you're a reader, what did you like most, or least about books you read last year?

15 comments:

  1. These are wonderful. I especially like your tweet, Heather. I lost focus the last quarter of 2012. Need to regain that.

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    1. Thanks SA! Don't feel bad, I lost it the entire year and completely took my writing off the stove, let alone the back burner. ;)

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  2. Taking a moment to come out of my cave. These are some very interesting lessons learned. In writing and publishing, there are always new things to learn.

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    1. Hey girl, I'm just ducking out of my cave too! They are indeed, a few I'm jotting down and thinking hard on.

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  3. Agree with Chelsea. Definitely a thing as too many projects. Also learned from editorial feedback that it helps when within each scene the POV character has a goal, obstacle and mini-disaster at the end.

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    1. Great point Tina! I like to think of it as an arc within each chapter.

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  4. It was a great chat, as always! So many good lessons learned and a lot of enthusiasm for this year's goals!

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    1. Thanks Yelena! It was a lot of fun and made me look forward to this year's writing even more!

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  5. What a great topic for Writer's Road...I'm sorry I missed it!

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    1. I'm sorry we missed you too! It was a fun one.

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  6. Hi, Heather,
    Gee that's a LOADED question.... I learned patience is our GREATEST attribute. Without it our timing would be WAY off! Also that even though we sometimes feel we are not accomplishing ANYTHING, we, in reality, have accomplished a great deal more than we thought. Even down time has it's rewards.

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    1. SO very true. Those are wise words, my friend.

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  7. These are very good. I always enjoy these chats. The main thing I learned is to never give up. The story will work itself out. Also to honor my writing time because time can slip through your fingers.

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    1. So very true! That last one is golden. ;)

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  8. I learned to never give up on my dreams, to deepen my POV, and to always put my family first:-)

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