Thursday, November 14, 2013


-a post by Jeanna Mason Stay (who has written absolutely nothing of interest on her writing blog since the dawn of time . . . and yet, she continues to link you to it)

I tend to write blog posts that are way too long, and then I have to slash them a great deal. And then they are only sort of too long. Well, in one of my editing rounds for my last blog post, I cut out a part where I said that since my next post (this one) would be in the middle of NaNoWriMo, it would probably look something like this:

“Well, it’s the middle of November, and I have nothing brilliant to say because all of my brain power has been sucked up by trying to get through this stinking novel. So, um, have a great day!”

And that was going to be it.

Well, I’m happy to say that now it’s the middle of November, and I pretty much have nothing brilliant to say because all of my brain power has been sucked up by trying to write this really atrocious novel that maybe has some seeds of awesomeness that are really deeply buried in manure. (At least that’s a good thing, I suppose—seeds in manure should theoretically grow really well, right?)

So, um, have a great day!*

*And because this is probably the dorkiest post ever, I will supplement it with someone else’s motivational awesomeness. Someone recently shared this with me, and it was a wonderful reminder of one thing it takes to be great. My favorite part: “The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.” So go forth! Begin again, fail again, succeed again. In writing, and in life.

P.S. In other news, Im barely keeping up with my NaNo schedule, despite having started off with a bang. For various reasons, it turned out to be a rough time to write a novel. But still plugging along—because something is better than nothing.

And how are you all doing?


  1. LOL! I love dorky posts, so dork away. =) It's good to just get your thoughts out sometimes, eh? And seriously, you're going to get done with your WIP, through it across the room, and come back to it in a few months to find utter brilliance. =)

  2. I also write blog posts that are way too long, but unlike you, I don’t slash them. LOL! And don’t worry, I’ve been working on my novel since March and it too is filled with crap but there may be some of those awesome seeds in it somewhere as well... ;-)

  3. Haha! Love the post, Jeanna! I keep going back to that quote about every first draft being perfect, because its point is simply to exist. You do this thing, girl!



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