Friday, August 6, 2010

Versatile Blogger Award

Last week Rosie from East for Green Eyes gave me the Versatile Blogger Award. Thank you so much, Rosie!

This award comes with the following rules:
1. Thank the person who loved me enough to bestow this gift.
2. Share seven things about myself.
3. Bestow this honour onto 15 newly discovered or followed bloggers – in no particular order – who are fantastic in some way.
4. Drop by and let my fifteen friends know I love them.

Seven Things
Since this is a writing blog and I try to keep as much to the theme as possible, I thought I’d share seven random tips I’ve learned about writing:

  1. Don’t worry about the technicalities of writing. Don’t stress about correctness. Just write. Then edit.
  2. Every writer, established, famous, or new, will experience writer’s block. Don’t let it defeat you. Keep writing.
  3. If it’s about fame and fortune, reassess now. The chance of getting rich off your writing and gaining celebrity status is as high as winning big on the lottery. It’s possible, but it’s not likely, so don’t bank all your hopes on that.
  4. It’s better to be a slave to your story than your story a slave to you. Think about that one.
  5. Exercise sharpens the mind and makes a better writer. No matter how much I resist this one, it’s true.
  6. No matter how much time you have to write, it’s never enough. Consequently, it’s better to have less time because you’ll be less likely to squander it.
  7. Everyone has a right to be heard. Your voice is just as valid as someone else’s. So keep writing. (lol, maybe I should rename my blog to “Just Keep Writing”)

And now to pass on the award (no particular order):
Amanda @ All that Good Jazz
Jennifer @ Unedited
Mary @ Wistful Nebulae
Victoria @ Hairnets and Hopes
Erinn @ Something Else to Distract Me
Terri @ Terri Tiffany Inspiration Writer


  1. Congrats to you and your picks!

    I love #4. :)

  2. Congrats on your award and to those who you're passing it on to..:)

  3. Thanks so much Laura and L'Aussie.

    As for #4: things work out so much better when I listen to the story and it's characters. Not always easy.

  4. :)

    Those are wonderful points. I especially love #4.

  5. Congrats on the award!

    I so totally agree with #6 - my time is limited so I very rarely feel blocked - usually excited instead. :)

  6. Those are all so great but I really loved #4. Be a slave to your story. I love it. Also #5 about exercise.

  7. great post! i REALLY need to work on #1 right now!
    (and thanks!)

  8. Thank you so much! I love it! <3

    And congrats on winning the Versatile Blogger award yourself! It was very much deserved. You have some important pieces of advice here; #1 is one that I need to subscribe to more. :]

  9. Congrats on your award. That's some great advice.


  10. Loved the writing tips and your slogan "Just keep writing!"


  11. Jemi, you made me smile. To face writing with excitement is a true blessing.

    Vic and Amanda, keep writing!!

    Chary, It's something I have to remind myself almost on a daily basis -- so many distractions! ;)

  12. I like #4. You need to go where the story natural flows to.

    Congrats on your award!

  13. Congratulations on the award!

    Number 4 hits home for me.


  14. congrats to you and all the winners!~

  15. Congrats on your award! I love, love, love your list. :-)

  16. I love your list:)) Great idea to give tips. Thank you for thinking of me:)))

  17. Hi Lynda..congrats on your award and a congratulation to your awardees. I loved your list. #4 and # 7 resonated with me.

  18. congrats on the award, Lynda, you were looking smashing over at the red carpet while accepting the honour :)

  19. Why thank you, Dezmond. But no one commented on my shoes. Such a shame ;)

  20. Congrats on your award and to your recipients!

    I totally agree that it's better to have less time. The more time I have, the more likely I am to find other things to do.

  21. Seven excellent tips. It's especially true to just write and then edit later.

    I just found you through KarenG's blog (Coming Down the Mountain). Glad I did.

  22. Hi Ann, Welcome to my blog :)
    That particular tip about writing first then editing later is something I have to regularly remind my pesky inner editor. ;)


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