I started this article back in December of 2008. That shows how long I’ve been aspiring/contemplating the sharpening of my literary pencil. In reality, it has been a lot longer than that but only relatively recently has the plot actually decided to come alive.
The best part of all of this is that blogs that managed to make an impact on me are still around! So, I’m going to share some of my literary darlings with you guys. As I was putting this together, I couldn’t help but be reminded about my eclectic taste. Don’t be too surprised, I’m afraid that it’s just my nature.
Part of what drives me is the “voice” of others who are aiming at the same aspiration. In the case of Mark David Gerson, that aspiration has been reached and now, as a writing coach, he aims to help others to reach there as well. A source of inspiration himself, Mark David has said to me (and I haven’t forgotten it) that, “your inspiration is all around you!” Mark David’s greatest asset in my eyes? He’s a former Hawai’i resident! No bias or anything. I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover but I can’t help but love the cover of The Voice of the Muse! I’m not sure just whom to blame this on.
I can tell you to whom goes the blame for that “uppity” last sentence! Writing Forward handles everything from grammatical topics to plot and character issues. I fell in love with this blog when I read the post that I’ve used for the link to this blogger and I’m afraid that I’m very stuck with my opinion.
Wait, I’m not done! About my “uppity” sentence — in January, 2010 I found another article from Writing Forward to add to this! I threatened to link back to this article by using the word whom rather than the word who in a sentence. That way, I could blame being “uppity” on poor, darling Melissa Donovan who is just trying to help us all write better.
Jurgen Wolff at Time to Write also shares “tips, ideas, inspirations for writers and would-be writers and other creative people” along with a lot of thought-provoking observations and commentary. I admire Jurgen’s genuine concern for the written word and the old-fashioned publishing medium that encases those intelligent and carefully-crafted texts (I mean books).
Attempting to make my own story-in-progress verisimilar (yeah, I had to look that word up too), I have done some research into different aspects of cultures, societies and lines of business that are normally outside my circle of knowledge and my physical boundaries. In the process I found places like The Golden Pencil (I love that name) that provide a little bit of everything. (That was the name of the blog in 2008. Now, in 2010, it’s called EveryJoe.com.) But, there are still articles about writing and all kinds of things.
Oddly enough, or maybe not odd at all, I have learned many things from other bloggers, even the strange ones.
I’ve picked up new words like the one above, “verisimilar,” from bloggers like my brilliant but sick friend Bobby Revell at Revellian.com. To provide a movie-type rating for his writing, I would rate them somewhere between R and X. For a letter grade? I’m afraid I have to give him an A+!
WARNING! Bobby is, from time to time, a bit unorthodox, so be careful! His writing is carefully crafted together with great visual descriptions that are, er, um, colorful. Let’s put it this way, horror and smut fiction are his specialty. If you can’t handle it, don’t go there. But, you really should! He’s so deranged, I just love him! Some of his horrific and disgusting literature has left me rattled for days, so beware! I’ve also found some other writer bloggers by following them back from their comments left at Revellian.com. Thanks, Bobby, for the introduction to the other writers and for the occasional vocabulary boosts! I’m not quite sure if I want to thank you for shaking up my nervous system.
Need a reality check? Larry Brooks over and StoryFix.com will give you one! Just the facts baby, those very often cold and hard facts. It’s okay, Larry is here to help us “get it written, get it right, get it published.” Larry doesn’t pull any punches or play games with the facts. I’m just glad he wasn’t one of my high school teachers! I subscribed to his posts (as I have with the others) and I save them all so I don’t miss too much. For many things that have caught my attention, I keep a tab open on my Firefox browser. For StoryFix, I have a whole window set aside from the rest. I think that’s a compliment. It doesn’t say much about my ability to commit and stay focused, but that’s another issue.
Jennifer, who is Writing to Survive, presents some very insightful thoughts and provides a little of her own inspiration without even realizing it. She too seems to have novel aspirations! Reading between the lines, it seems that Jennifer has been infected by the NaNoWriMo bug, as have I.
Many people have been infected by the NaNoWriMo bug and that’s not just Americans — there are people from all over the World that focus in on National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) every November. At this point I have to mention Chris Baty and his No Plot? No Problem! Chris says it’s not a problem but Larry Brooks says, “Wanna bet?” Hey, I never said they all agree with each other!
I do have to also acknowledge that this post has gotten way longer than I had originally intended. I’ll end here and figure out who has been forgotten and talk about them later. What got into me? I have no idea! They have all inspired me in one way or another and I just felt the urge to share some link love with them. Besides, anyone willing to help me fix my writing receives automatic friend status! Thanks guys, for helping me with my literary aspirations!