Writing Can Be Murder

November 26, 2008


Filed under: Uncategorized — love2wryte @ 1:35 am

I recently asked someone to read the first chapter of the novel I’m revising. I was a bit leery of doing so since he is such a fantastic writer, but I mustered my Cowardly Lion courage, and took the leap. His response which included, “Seriously, it’s so fabulous and fantastic and creepy and mysterious and momentumish–it’s really very exciting to read.” has refreshed my own enthusiasm for this project, and I’m beyond grateful. (Plus, I love “momentumish”)

That in turn got me to thinking about everyone in my writing life that I’m thankful for. This year I’ve been lucky enough to have some awesome critique partners, friends who never fail to cheer me on, an editor, who, while he hasn’t bought my work, has generously given invaluable feedback, and a partner who will read anything I put in front of him.

With their help/support/guidance I’ve been lucky enough to become a better writer this year, and I’m going to be sure to tell all of them just that.

What are YOU grateful for?



  1. At this exact moment… Tuna wraps. Because little/nothing tastes better after working out for an hour than a good tuna wrap. And a Powerade. But namely the tuna wrap/

    More generally time-wise, my friends. If it came down to ‘You can either keep your friends or you can keep _______’, I can’t think of a single thing that I would hold higher than them. And the best dream I ever had (in my memory, which, to be fair, is not very good) was the one where there was a lunatic out on the street shooting everyone, and I came out of our hiding place as a decoy so my best friend could get away. I got shot three times in the chest, then once in the head (because I wasn’t dead or even fallen over after the first three shots), and woke up feeling incredibly satisfied.

    Anything besides that is insignificant.

    Comment by Karen — November 26, 2008 @ 8:26 am | Reply

  2. I take that last sentence back. After my friends, I’m grateful for books, and my ability to write. My poetry and my novel-in-extremely-slow-progress mean almost as much to me (though there’s a fair margin) as my friends, and reading has basically shaped who I am. So I’m grateful for my friends, books, and writing, in that order.

    Comment by Karen — November 26, 2008 @ 8:29 am | Reply

  3. Nice list!

    Comment by love2wryte — November 26, 2008 @ 10:53 pm | Reply

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