When the trailer for Age of Ultron leaked last week, Marvel didn’t run around trying to shut it down (impossible to do, anyway, but we’ve all seen companies desperately try to close the barn door after the horse has run).
Hubby constantly tells me to talk it out when I’m stuck in my writing, but I wave him away, knowing I should do it, but not wanting to go through the whole “No, that’s not what I want to do” at every suggestion.
And then Delilah S. Dawson tweeted this:
If you get stuck, consider talking it out with someone. They will get everything wrong. As you explain why, the answer might appear.
The truth is, I need to go through the “No, that’s not what I want” part so that I can get to the part where I realize what I need to do for the story (and sometimes I eventually have to admit the part I didn’t want is the part I needed). I have to learn to get past this so I can
Anybody else shoot themselves in the foot this way? Regularly?
I find the mention of the balloon interesting. How many of us would bother to comment on this in our diaries today? But in JQA’s day, this was probably akin to what a Space Shuttle or other rocket launch is for us.
Ballooning had been around for about 30 years in 1814, so it wasn’t entirely new, but it wasn’t an everyday event. I think hot air balloons (in Adams’ case, it may have been filled with gas) are still novel enough that we stop & point them out when we see them (at least I do) but they’re probably not noteworthy enough to be one of the main things we mark down about our day.
Scrolling through Twitter this morning, I came across these thoughts from author Maureen Johnson which really spoke to me. I think she has some interesting thoughts about criticism from readers. I think the most important point is that it’s impossible to write a book that pleases everybody, and you’re going to make mistakes but don’t worry about it.
Here are a couple screenshots of some of her comments. (If you’re not a regular user of Twitter, note that the trick is to start at the bottom and read your way to the top – things will make more sense that way.)
I thought these were important to include as well:
I say all these things because I am KIND OF AN IDIOT and also, some people write in and say they are afraid of writing and making mistakes..