Being a Nerd & Accepting My Weirdness

“Nerds like us are allowed to be unironically enthusiastic about stuff… Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-can’t-control-yourself love it. Hank, when people call people nerds, mostly what they’re saying is ‘you like stuff.’ Which is just not a good insult at all. Like, ‘you are too enthusiastic about the miracle of human consciousness’.” – John Green, Harry Potter Nerds Win at Life, Vlogbrothers 2009

When I sat down to write this blog post, I immediately started in on an “On Writing” subject, which sent me into a frenzy of “Holy Crap, I don’t know how to write about myself…” which lead to “I’m not interesting…” and of course “THE MANUSCRIPT… Nope, not quite ready.”

Anyhoo, and I’ve known this for quite a while, I have a one-track mind and it usually always leads to writing. All aspects of it. From publishing news and the latest YA releases to supporting other writers on social media and plotting my next novel. It’s a total obsession, which hasn’t exactly won me a lot of friends. Half the words that come out of my mouth are either in regards to my works-in-progress or the writing process.

And don’t even get me started on my urge to reference a book like it’s a popular TV show. The phrase “I feel like Brimstone conjuring kymera” may have come out of my mouth at one point when describing my book-plotting process. If you’ve read the Daughter of Smoke & Bone Trilogy by Laini Taylor, you’ll get the reference. If not, go read it!

Point is I’m a crazy person, utterly engulfed in my passion for writing/storytelling. And I’ve started to realize that it’s not something that I should or feel like I should apologize for. I’ve attempted to be “normal,” but what’s the fun in being normal when I can have unadulterated passion and excitement for enjoying/creating fiction?

On a side note, it’s plausible that most of these personal musings posts may include quotes or tweets from authors/people who inspire me. If you have a quote or inspirational message, please put it in the comments below! I’d love to see what all of you use for motivation.

Till the next time!

It’s Okay To Not Be Perfect

I think it’s common for writers to feel the need to be perfect. Write the perfect word. Tell the perfect story. Create the perfect character.

But here’s the reality of it: no one is perfect.

Not even John Green, the biggest name in YA Contemporary at the moment, is perfect. He even pointed out a typo in his author’s notes for The Fault In Our Stars on his YouTube channel, Vlogbrothers. (If you haven’t read the book, do it! Also, check out John and Hank Green’s YouTube channel! It’s my weekly dose of humanity reminding me to be awesome! DFTBA, Nerdfighteria! – Please excuse the excessive exclamation points; all of them are necessary.)

If this particular video, 5 Worst Typos of History, John Green goes through some of the worst typography errors from the U.S. Constitution to a specific printing of the King James Bible. But he ends with asking for forgiveness for any other errors that might exist within the pages of TFIOS.

Though I’m not sure Mr. Green meant for this to be inspirational, I found it a little uplifting, especially when trudging through this rewrite. Writing a book is hard. Publishing a book is even harder. All we can really do is try to put out the best product we can. It’s okay if your prose isn’t as gorgeous as Laini Taylor’s. It’s okay if your world isn’t as sprawling as George R.R. Martin’s.

This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t edit your stuff. Far from it. No rough draft is going to be the best version of your story. So find beta readers and trusted critique partners to review your manuscript. You should always strive to be the best storyteller you can be, but don’t drive yourself crazy when your writing doesn’t match up to authors like Green and Taylor.

Happy Writing!

Laini Taylor’s books include the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. It’s one of those YA Fantasy series that takes a trope like Angels and Demons and flips it on its head for a unique and exciting adventure. Also, the writing is GORGEOUS.  

If you don’t know who George R.R. Martin is, you’ve been living under a rock. He’s the author of the epic Game of Thrones books.