Dust It Off Bloghop, Day 3





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!!




15 comments

Kyra Lennon said...

You learned LOTS! It is hard to believe just how much work goes into making one story perfect.

Thanks for hosting this bloghop, it was very inspiring!

Morgan said...

Love your journey, Cortney. And YOU are one of those people that inspire ME to keep going. Gosh, I want to quit so much, but you help me to keep pushing, so thank you. It was a great bloghop---fun to brush off the dust for a moment ;)

Juliana Haygert said...

"I learned that not everyone is like Stephenie Meyer " << SO TRUE LOL
"Mainly what I learned is to never give up." << It's not cheesy. It's the truth ... one we forget often ...
Thanks for hosting this awesome bloghop!

Carrie-Anne said...

I had that naïve mindset many years ago too, not realizing you can't just write something, transcribe it, and send it to a publisher to instant success and riches. I honestly thought I'd be published by the time I was 14 at one point.

Elizabeth Briggs said...

I love this post! You have the best attitude of anyone I know, and you never give up. Even when I want to throw in the towel (aka every day) you just keep on writing, revising, and querying. I know this will pay off for you soon! Virtual hugs!

Suzi said...

I did the same thing with betas with the one I'm querying. I wasn't into blogging then and just didn't know better. They offered good tips, but nothing like what other writers do.

Thanks again for the blog hop. It'd be fun to know how many people decided to get back into their shelved project.

Angela Cothran said...

Amen to the hard work! SO TRUE! And I totally forgot I was signed up for this *slaps head* Sorry. I was derailed by sick kids.

Shiela Calderón Blankemeier said...

CPs are invaluable! You are going to get there - I think that's a given :) Thanks again for the hop. It's been the best!

Kate Larkindale said...

CPs and betas are worth their weight in gold. Learning to accept critique and revise from it is probably the most valuable lesson any writer can get.

Christine Rains said...

To never give up is the best lesson! And yes, CPs and beta readers are invaluable. Friends are helpful and encouraging, but find CPs and betas that are writers and hopefully in your genre. This has been a fantastic bloghop. Thank you for hosting! :)

Theresa said...

I learned everyone is not Stephanie Meyer too! lol. So funny, but it is sooo true. Never give up is by far the best advice. Simple, to the point and absolutely right.

Thanks, Cortney for hosting this hop with me. I have had so much fun hopping from blog to blog. And you are right, we have a hard time ahead of us to pick the winners. Super hard time :)

Kelley Lynn said...

Thanks so much for hosting Cortney!! Gosh, you're so right CPs are amazing. And so are we for never giving up ;)

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

Great lessons. This writing stuff is HARD! There is so much to learn. Thank you hosting this! It's been great, and quite informative. :)

E. Arroyo said...

Yay for beta readers!! I think we should have a beta reader holiday. =)

Peggy Eddleman said...

Awww! I love your lessons learned! So good and so true. I love my reading friend readers, too. They totally can't take the place of my writing friend readers, though. But I definitely need them both. :)

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