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23 October 2007 @ 01:00 pm
still chugging  
Inevitably, the "just a few little things" are taking much longer than anticipated, but they're the kinds of things I'm glad I'm doing, so it's okay. I've been through the manuscript about eleven times this morning and I'm getting a little tired of it, but OTOH, once in a while I come across a line that still makes me very happy. So it must be worth it. And I really think I'm down to the last bits now! Honest! Practically, anyway! :)

What kinds of writer things are people interested in reading about, anyway?

Vague mumblings about plots going to hell and general doom*
Developing characters
Gut-level dissertations on what's actually entailed in line edits, copy edits, etc
Gut-level building series-long story arcs
Gut-level building book-long story arcs
How much control you've really got over the cover art/book format/back-cover-blurbs
What's hard for me and how I deal with it
Things I'd claw my eyes out to accomplish
Other, to be suggested in comments
Why don't you talk about your cats more?

*Doesn't matter if you don't want the vague mumblings. You'll get 'em anyway. :)
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Quezzquezz on October 23rd, 2007 12:37 pm (UTC)
My guess is that you'll talk about writing no matter what else is going on, as that's your work life. Kinda like me and teaching -- it's my work life, and a very big part of my life in general.

I guess I'd like to hear about life and family more, or the things you do outside of writing. Perhaps I am not on the appropriate filter for that, but I'd love to hear little things -- your observances on emigrating to Europe, the fish in Cork -- that sort of thing. I do enjoy many of your writing posts but...sometimes I get the impression that you may think it's all that anyone but your closest friends want to hear about.

Hope this helps. :)
kitmizkit on October 23rd, 2007 12:47 pm (UTC)
You're making the rash assumption I have a life outside of writing... :)

Actually, it's not a question of filters--you're right, I don't talk a lot about stuff outside of work, and it's partly that I do figure a lot of readers are here for the writing. It's also partly that when I *am* writing, it really does take up nearly all my concentration, and I have a really bad habit of letting everything else drop off the radar.

I shall keep these things in mind! :)
irishkate: writingirishkate on October 23rd, 2007 02:00 pm (UTC)
You could talk about Yoga or Ballet or the lovely walk by the Lee...

I'm always up for stories of how Ireland is odd and strange compared to the normality of Alaska...

At the last con someone mentioned the selection of race or character names and how a writer choses?
xnamkradxnamkrad on October 23rd, 2007 02:31 pm (UTC)
She just suggested that as a panel for P-Con
irishkate: bouncyirishkate on October 23rd, 2007 02:51 pm (UTC)
perfect - I will go just to hear the answer

*mutters and whispering*

//twat// "shhh! yes - I know I was going anyway - but don't tell them that"

*scurring sound*

JakiBlue: sword_b&w_redmzzgoddessblue on October 23rd, 2007 02:16 pm (UTC)
can we hear about ALL those? *grin*
Trent the Uncatchableknappenp on October 23rd, 2007 02:26 pm (UTC)
Talk about food!
16:9 1.78:1 OARsixteenbynine on October 23rd, 2007 02:36 pm (UTC)
All the above and more, one writer to another :D
kaellem on October 23rd, 2007 09:49 pm (UTC)
All of it. It's all interesting to me.
R. Scott Shanks, Jr.mnarra on October 24th, 2007 03:11 am (UTC)
This should be embarrassing to admit, but, embarrassingly, I'm past that point.

I pretty much love listening to you blather on about anything that enters your head. :)