Here we are, the last day of this fantabulous blog hop. You guys are so awesome; Theresa and I will have a hard time picking the winners!!
Btw--if either of us haven't made it to any of your posts, please let us know! We don't want to miss anyone's posts!!
Sad that we shelved these awesome projects, isn't it? But even though nothing ever progressed with these projects, we've all learned so much from writing them. And that's today's prompt:
Post what you learned from writing this WIP.
I learned so much! I learned that not everyone is like Stephenie Meyer and can have a dream, write a book in three months and automatically have someone just fall in love with it. Writing a novel takes A LOT!! We have to be so conscious of so many things all at once, it seems. And The Mind Writers helped me learn the discipline it takes to write something--and rewrite it---and REWRITE it until you get it the best you possibly can. To go to conferences and read how-to books.
Another huge thing for me was beta readers. I heard from somewhere (had no clue about the writing bloggy world at this point in time) that it was good to pick about three readers to read your stuff and get their feedback. So I picked a few friends who are awesome, beautiful people, but knew NOTHING about what needed to be in a novel to make it successful! They were like, "Um, I think you need more description here?" And I was like, well I described that airplane perfectly! But what she probably meant was I needed interiority or something. If you have beta readers, give them big in-person or virtual hugs. I can't even tell you how valuable my CP pals are to me! (My friends who read for me are valuable too, and I'll never be able to thank them enough for sludging through this first embarrassing project, lol!)
Mainly what I learned is to never give up. Sounds cheesy, I know. But I knew what my dream was--to write a book people would enjoy reading, and to see it on a shelf in a store someday. So I kept writing, kept trying, and my writing now is so much better for it. Not to say I'm *there* yet, but if I keep progressing maybe someday I will be.
Thanks so much for hanging out with us this week. It was a blast to read your entries! We'll post the winners soon!!