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Friday, April 8, 2011

Friday Fives: Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda

Reminiscing Song of the Day: "Wish" by Nine Inch Nails

We're trying something new at my uber-new, uber-cool group blog, Paper Hangover. Every other week, we'll be doing the Friday Fives. This week's prompt: The FIVE things you wish you'd known before you became a writer...

Let's give this a try, shall we?

1. You know that "lame" English assignment? You know, the one where you have to swap papers with classmates and help them revise? Yeah, pay attention to those. It's going to make you a helluva beta reader.

2. You can kill your darlings. Sure, it sounds a little...morbid. But if you start missing any of them, you'll always have them saved in another file.

3. What? You'd rather read than to go to Tom, Dick, or Harry's big bash this weekend? Cool! The more you read, the better you write.

4. Your mom thinks you can be immature sometimes, but that's a COMPLIMENT! Your eternal adolescent behavior will make you a pretty cool YA writer.

5. Typing does not equal exercise. Get your butt to Zumba class.

What about you all? Any 5 things you wish you would've known? Swing by Paper Hangover to check out what others have to say. :)

BTW, we're joining the lovely
Alicia, Holly, and Erinn in the Query Letter Blogfest! Join us and post your query letters on your blogs on April 19th--we'll make sure you get some valuable feedback!

16 comments:

Hannah said...

Oh but if only typing DID equal exercise. *sigh* Thanks for participating! :)

Meredith said...

Ha! Number 5 totally made me laugh! :D

Holly Dodson said...

Typing should TOTALLY count for calorie burning!! lol Awesome list!

Tracey Neithercott said...

Ha ha ha. I love #5. I wish I had known that I didn't have to be older or have more experience to write a novel. I wish I knew that other high school or college kids were trying to get published, so I could too.

Racquel Henry said...

#3- Heck yeah! I would skip out on hanging with friends so that I could hang out at Barnes and Noble! And lmao at #5...I had to learn that the hard way! :)

emy shin said...

:D #5 needs to be printed out and framed, seriously.

Bluestocking said...

Exercise is soo important! My morning runs really help clear my head for writing (and keep me healthy)

KO: The Insect Collector said...

these are all great!

lmoh said...

Ahahaha, I just got a Zumba video for myself as a matter of fact. ;)

Michelle Julian said...

Funny list! I love it.

Alicia Gregoire said...

Great list. The peer editing was always a joke in my school. They based their comments on how much they LIKED YOU. (And someone needs to explain the Zumba appeal to me.)

OT: That is a GREAT song.

Jennifer Pickrell said...

#3 is so me!

Pam Harris said...

Thanks for the feedback, ladies! This sure was fun--excited about the next topic. :)

Erinn said...

This is an awesome list. WOOT YOU!

Amie Kaufman said...

Oh, it's all so true. Particularly #5 this week!

Ghenet Myrthil said...

I love this prompt! Your list is great and I agree with all of your points. I've been thinking about #5 a lot lately because I feel like I spent so much time SITTING. Now that spring weather is finally here, I hope to remedy that. :)