Friday, January 22, 2010

I write therefore I am...

The past couple of days I've done nothing but read. As soon as I pushed the 'send' button to forward my manuscript back to Jaime ('editor' Jaime, not 'movie' Jamie) I went straight to the nearest bookstore and purchased two novels.

Lori Patton

"Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter" by Lori Patton is a humorous, easy, fast read. The plot, in a nutshell, revolves around a Memphis belle and her adventures when her husband uproots the family to buy a Bed and Breakfast/Restaurant in Vermont. Yes, Vermont! I read this book in one evening. I couldn't put it down. This book is nothing but pure charm.

Right now I am devouring Madeleine L'Engles "The Small Rain." Oh, how I wish I was her.

Her children's book "A Wrinkle In Time" is a true classic and a delight for all ages. Those of you that love Victoria Magazine will remember Ms. L'Engle as "Writer in Residence" back in the early 90's.

"The Small Rain" is a true piece of classic literature. Pure art.

Ms L'Engle was once quoted as saying, "I write for me."

Whether you're a blogger or an aspiring author know what you're writing style is. Know who you are and write for yourself. (Vampire books are the hottest tickets on the market. I mean, these types of books are selling like hot cake, but I wouldn' t know the first thing about writing one.)

I've had to struggle with this on my blog.

I see several that receive no less than 20 or 30 comments daily and I look at myself with usually about 10 or so (not counting the 15-20, I get on facebook as my blog is connected). The most popular musings in the blogosphere seem to be about clothing, home decorating, debating whether we're 'waspy' or 'preppy', city or country, Democrat or Republican. My friends will tell you that I am an absolute clotheshorse. I'm also a serial decorator, a descendant of Martha Dandridge Custis Washington's family (preppy isn't exactly what I would called the Dandridges), and a definite country girl Republican. Yet, I can't picture myself writing about any one of these subjects exclusively. (Good grief, especially not the politics).

So, Kathie, how do I know what my style is?

I, personally, surround myself with lots of critics. People who care not one iota if I scream, cry and stomp my foot. I also have a couple of what I call 'cold readers.' They'll read my manuscript make notes, tell me what they like, don't like, what does or does not make sense. Don't see your critics as 'joy stealers'. Ask what they like and don't like about your writing. What can you do better? Why don't they like it? Why do they like? Do NOT pick people that will tell you what you want to hear. You really and truly must leave your pride at the door.

Take a class. A lot of the colleges have single creative writing classes that you can sign up for. I believe there are some on line which is what this girl is getting ready to do. Writing has to be a passion. If it's yours then you'll do whatever it takes to improve.

Until next time,



gCe said...

I have heard a lot of good things about the first book I will have to check it out when I have time to breath let alone read!

Anonymous said...

Kathy, the book on your site says The Small Rain!

Kathie Truitt said...

gCe - You will definitely like "Whistlin' Dixie." Try to read it when you have a free weekend that you don't have to study.
Anon - yes, I am currently reading "The Small Rain." I guess I don't understand your comment? Am I missing something? I am blonde, you know...

Kathie Truitt said...

Duh-uh!! Thank you anonymous. It finally took my husband reading to let me know I had put "The SMART Rain" rather than "The SMALL Rain."

SEE?? Now you know why I sing the praises of my beautiful editor! HA!

Anyway, thank you for pointing it out.

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

I came by to say that you can find the plate hangers in hardware stores or craft stores. If you do a google search for "wire plate hangers" you can find them online.

Rebecca said...

It was good to meet you via your comment on my blog!

I am a loyal Victoria magazine reader. I have all the old copies before they went temporarily out of business. I no longer subscribe but it is the first magazine I look for when I go to Borders for our frequent reading evenings :)

L'Engle - I don't breeze through ANY of her books, but I enjoy many of them. I'm not such a sci-fi fan and abstractions escape me.

I'll look forward to visitng your site more often. Write On!