I'm up! (And my lovely no-longer-the-spawn-of-satan daughter slept in until 6!! Which is way better than the 5 am wakings she has been doing lately).
I really loved all of the comments and I didn't comment in the comment box because I was afraid I would confuse myself about the number of entries (I'm special like that, ok?).
Mary: Your comment is great, because I remember this one time I got this e-mail from this lady with a super awesome name, and it said, "Saw your "ad" on KidLit. I'm running an online critique forum..." ;) (Yes, I still have your e-mail, I save EVERYTHING!)
Anita: I recently read Stephen King's book as well, and really enjoyed it. I also love Jack Bickham who talks a lot about "suspending disbelief" and that's definately an important thing to remember while writing! It's so easy to get sucked in and forget the big picture.
Amber: Hey, thanks for stopping by! And I totally get what you're saying. For awhile I thought I was going crazy (who are these voices in my head?!) but you are absolutely right that your characters are a part of you. I think about writing "in character" sort of like acting. You have to get into character to be able to understand where that character intends to go. If you've ever done any acting, it helps!
Sophia: Hey! Stopped by your blog earlier in the week. I love that quote, "Don't get it right, just get it written." I, too, keep that as a mantra during my first drafting sludge and have it in one of my word files for reference if I seem to be forgetting (which happens. A LOT!)
Krista: Thank you so much for the blog award! I am going to have to do a whole other blog post for some of these awards! It's madness, I tell you! I think entering a scene late and leaving early is a great tip, helps cut out the fluff and up the pace.
Bethany: Where do I find these other writers who can't write to save their lives? Do you know any? Because I really feel like all my writer friends are way better than me, and it totally sucks. Also, I am not striving for knighthood, but an honorary degree from somewhere would be nice, if you know anyone.
Jenny: You always have such great tips on changing it up! Like starting with the ending, writing the query first, and now giving away the big secret in the beginning? Now I have to think about it...(curse you and your making-me-think-too-much ways!)
And now, the moment you have been waiting for...winner was selected using a super secret complex voting system, second only to Florida (or, you know, a random number generator I found on the internet).
The Winner Is:
MARY BAADER KALEY! *throws confetti at you*
I will be stalking you on twitter momentarily to let you know!
Thanks everyone for participating!
Coming up soon: a blog post in 55 words!