Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Two Nuggets of Writerly Awesomeness

I've ran across two things on the web that have my wheels turning. The first is an interview with YA horror author, Alexander Gordon Smith HERE. Excellent. Fabulous. Superb. Even if you don't write or read horror, I believe you'll find this blog post insightful. 

In the interview Smith states, "I always say that if you're writing a scary book then write about something you're scared of. That way the fear will be genuine, and will help fuel the story. Readers will sense that there is something real there, and they will respond to it." 

Profound, right? 

Now, the rest of the A.E. Smith interview is great, but I'm moving on to the next valuable nugget of awesomeness I found. A video of children's author Jeanne Birdsall. She wrote the Penderwick books and a couple of picture books. If you write for kids or teens, watch this video. Find 15 minutes, grab a mug o' something hot and enjoy.

These two things combined have stirred my creative kettle. What frightens me the most? Lots. But what would be even better, is if I could recall what frightened me the most as a child. Now, there's a good story. Trust me. 

Have you read Alexander Gordon Smith? How about Jeanne Birdsall? 

~Have a writerly week, y'all!


 

25 comments:

  1. Haven't read either. I don't write horror, but the idea of what frightens me the most is intriguing.

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  2. Thanks for the link to the interview, excellent, and really inspiring to a fellow horror writer.

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  3. Thank you for sharing these two pieces of writerly gold :-)

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  4. its a great feeling to find something that inspires you! and you found 2! awesome!

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    1. I love finding things to inspire us writers!

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  5. Ooo... I must go check out that link!

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  6. Agree that our feelings translate to our writing. Great post! :)

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  7. I think in any genre, the topics most personal (and sometimes hard to write because of the feelings they rake up) garner the best results.

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  8. I like the idea of writing about your fears. He's right, it does keep the writing honest--and I believe that honest writing is some of the best writing out there! Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. I believe it helps strengthen our writing. Hope you enjoyed!

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  9. I'm heading over to those links right now. Thanks for sharing, Roland

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  10. Hi, Candi,

    Great... I have my coffee all ready and I can't wait to see this video!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Hope you enjoyed the video. I found it to be insightful and I love the calmness in her voice. :)

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  11. Thanks for the link - I love Horror! My personal fears are rather ridiculous. I have a fear of bridges over water, boats, planes (people should stay on dry land where that belong.) And I'm also afraid of loud noises. But just like overcoming the fear of getting a shot in a doctor's office, I go over bridges, get in boats and planes, and tolerate loud noises all the time. Oh, and I'm afraid of electricity, but hubby makes me help him repair electrical things! Nope, I can't use my own fears. I use my imagination instead, and create things far more scary! :-)

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    1. Ah, but dangling off a high bridge with a scary creature looming over you could be very scary! Take your fear and mix in imagination, and you've got creepy. :) Ooh, or say one of your created monsters can control electrical things to freak out your main character!

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  12. I guess that's why I've never thought about writing horror. There's very little I'm afraid of... haha

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    1. Really? I'm afraid of a lot, but the good thing for me, is I LOVE being scared. :)

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  13. Hi CandiLynn, thanks for sharing this wisdom from writers. Geez, the cover of Smith's novel scared me!!!!!!! Good advice though, to write about what truly, truly scares you.

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