Wednesday, September 4, 2013

IWSG and Novel Films Blogfest II



Hey all, welcome to another round of IWSG. First of all, I want to thank Alex J. Cavanaugh for putting together such a great group where we can share our insecurities without judgement and encourage others who are worse off than us. Thank you for a great two years.

If you haven't yet, and want to join, please go here.

So, for once, I'm not particularly insecure about anything.

Instead, since this is the two year anniversary, I thought I'd turn it around and post 10 messages of encouragement. I hope you'll find one that fits you.

1) Any novel is a scary prospect in the beginning. Keep going. You'll regret it if you don't.

2) Word for word. That's how a novel is finished.

3) Reading is a valid way to spend writing time if you're too tired to write.

4) Inspiration comes from life, so don't resent it when life comes knocking at your office door.

5) Never let rejections get you down. You only need to find the right person. You might also want to look to yourself, or to indie publishers if you're stuck with agents.

6) No matter what people say, you're a writer when you write. So never stop because someone doubted your writer status.

7) On that subject, there are idiots out there who will try to get you down. Laugh at them and go on. Odds are, they're trying to hurt you because they're living empty, meaningless lives.

8) Writing is your legacy. Don't waste it by publishing too early because you're dang tired of editing.

9) Editing sucks, but to see the finished project is awesome. Let that be your reward. An amazing finished manuscript.

10) No unfinished novel is a failure. It's a lesson. The difference between a writer with a shelved novel and a failed writer is that the latter gave up on writing altogether.

Anyone else have words of encouragement?

Now, on to the final post on the Novel Films Blogfest


Today's Questions: Have you read any novels where you have yet to see the films/ TV adaptations?

I probably read a few, since I'm a voracious reader. But the one that matters most to me is this one, because the movie still needs to be released. 


Which book adaptions are you looking forward to? 

40 comments:

  1. I love #4, #6, and #10. You echo my thoughts.

    Very nice way of helping others see the 'tree' through the forest.

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  2. I agree that #7 rocks. Every fledgling writer should internalize this before ever putting pen to paper (fingers to keyboard?). I also love #2, because most days it does feel like the story comes: One. Word. At. A. Time. :)

    VR Barkowski

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  3. #8 and #9 are speaking to me. I am on the 3rd version of this story and it is looking better and better, but it does suck. Thanks for the encouraging words.

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  4. I love your words of encouragement Misha. All the 10 points bring home a strong truth.

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  5. All writing counts because that's how we get better, even the stuff we don't finish or that never sees the light of day.

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  6. Misha, great idea and I love your inspirational post.

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  7. Has there been a movie of Neverwhere? I'd like to see that. Windup Girl would be interesting, too. And I think The Backworlds would be mega awesome. :D

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  8. I want someone to make a movie out of the Harry Dresdin Series. That would be awesome. I didn't like the tv show much, but a movie...

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  9. These are fantastic! Very true and inspiring, thank you ;)

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  10. No 6 seems true to me. Great advice.

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  11. Yo Misha!

    Y'all make some good points And number six my human has mentioned on a number of occasions. Actually, we just do what we wanna' do. No pressure and it all falls into place.

    My human is thrilled that so many are involved in the "I Was Seeking Gary" and gosh, it's two years old!

    Yo :)

    Stay chillin',

    Snoop Bloggy Dog in da Gangsta's Pawadise!

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  12. I've never been scared of the beginning of a book...

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  13. Those are super, SUPER encouraging points. Thank you :-) I like number 3 especially. A LOT.

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  14. Numbers 1, 4, & 7. Just what I needed to hear. Thanks for the encouragement today.

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  15. Love these ten things very much. And I'll remember #3.

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  16. I love 6 & 7. I dedicate them both to a few twerps in my life. :D

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  17. I need to print that list out and tape it to my computer screen.

    Also, I have not read Ender's game, but I am excited for the movie. I wonder if I should read it before I see it.

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  18. Sir Poops says to take a nap when needed.

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  19. #3, #6 and #10 definitely gives me encouragement. Nice of you to share an inspiring post. Super excited about Divergent that's coming next year and Catching Fire this November.

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  20. I really liked #3 and #7! Thank you for sharing this.

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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  21. All great tips. I loved #6.

    I also read when I feel stuck. In the end, I think it makes my writing better.

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  22. Love the messages of encouragement, especially number 8.

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  23. Misha, this list is truly fantastic! Love #s 4 and 6 particularly. :)

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  24. Great list! Some sound like life lessons learned the hard way. I especially like 2, 7, & 10. 10 was a new one for me. I like the fresh perspective.

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  25. Awesome words of encouragement. :) Love what you do and persevere.

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  26. Love the words of encouragement!

    I am excited, but scared, about the hopeful Gunslinger movie. That was one of the first Stephen King books I read, and it combined two things I love into one (the wild west and dark fantasy/horror).

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

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  27. This is great advice, I particularly like number 3 - it makes me feel less guilty for reading so much, anyway!

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  28. No writing is never wasted, eh?

    I need to print this list and post it on my wall. ;)

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  29. Love, love, love this! Especially #4. Wise words...

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  30. Great reminders, Misha. Thanks.

    I read The Descendants and have it ordered from Netflix but haven't watched it yet. The book was good, but kind of weird and I'm wondering how the movie adaptation will be. Except it has George Clooney in it, so honestly, plot is secondary. ;)

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  31. Thanks for the words of encouragement. #7 speaks to me, even beyond my writing life.

    My words of encouragement for today would be "It's okay to recharge and take a break every now and then."

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  32. Great advice. My favorite has to be four. My best ideas come from my own experience. Happy Anniversary. :)

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  33. Hey Misha. Love this. Writers write. Very inspirational and to the point. Glad you've overcome your insecurities!

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  34. What a great list of points. It's totally true that there will be those who doubt us but often the biggest doubter is ourselves - we have to overcome that and let the story lead the way.

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  35. enders game!!! yeah!

    and love your positivisms for writers! we all need a boost now & then

    happy friday!

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  36. Messages of encouragement are a great way to celebrate IWSG's two-year anniversary!

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  37. Thank you, Misha, I tend to write very late, anything to keep occupied, and am grateful for your kind words.

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