Wednesday, 5 March 2014

The Artist Unleashed: THE SECRET TO MATURING AS A WRITER by Julie Musil

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  1. Luckily, I've decided I don't make any mistakes. It makes going through life much easier.

  2. Jessica, thanks so much for letting me hang out on your blog!

    Bryan, what the what? We can do that?

  3. Yes, yes, and Yes!!!

    LOL. I just read Bryan's comment above mine. <3 YAY for Julie!

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  4. Because I was so anti-Word for so long, I refused to change over from MacWriteII and ClarisWorks, and so for a decade most of my books were trapped in obsolete file formats on disks. It was amazing to finally be able to convert and reformat them so many years later, in 2011, and to start fixing them up. I'm still proud for how I wrote the first draft of my first Russian historical between ages 13-21, but I'm at least as proud of how I've gotten it into much better shape over the last few years, particularly the first six chapters. Almost nothing remains of the original 1993 material. I grew so much as a writer while I was writing that book, but it still wasn't good enough for publication when I finished it in 2001.

  5. It showed you'd grown as a writer, which is cool.
    I opened a thirty-plus-year-old notebook. I did more than cringe. Yeah, it was a total rewrite.

  6. Sheri, Bryan holds some sort of secret formula. Thanks for stopping by!

    Carrie-Anne, you wrote a Russian historical? Between 13 and 21? Holy cow. I'm impressed.

    Alex, I believe that 30+ year old notebook held the seeds for your trilogy, right? Talk about buried treasure.

  7. I just recently did so and yes, I know what you mean!! The things you see, no wonder other writers advise you to put manuscripts away for a certain amount of time.

    1. Traci, so true! I can't imagine other people reading these early drafts. *shudder*

  8. Every time I go back and look at one of my earlier chapters in the story I'm writing, I feel the same way. What was I thinking when I wrote that? One of these days I'll look back and actually be happy with what I see.


“I'm using my art to comment on what I see. You don't have to agree with it.” ~John Mellencamp

“Allowing an unimportant mistake to pass without comment is a wonderful social grace” ~Judith S. Marin

“I don't ever try to make a serious social comment.” ~Paul McCartney

“I'd make a comment at a meeting and nobody would even acknowledge me. Then some man would say the same thing and they'd all nod.” ~Charlotte Bunch

“Probably what my comment meant was that I don't care about the circumstances if I can tell the truth.” ~Sally Kirkland

“We're not going to pay attention to the silliness and the petty comments. And quite frankly, women have joined me in this effort, and so it's not about appearances. It's about effectiveness.” ~Katherine Harris