Broken Wrist Blues

Removing ice from a driveway is potentially hazardous.  When that driveway has a sharp incline, the danger increases… as my broken, braced wrist adequately demonstrates.  (Lesson: throwing your arm down to absorb impact only works if your whole arm, not merely a hand and wrist, contacts the ground.)

As a direct result, a short post this time.  And it’s a challenge.

Jen and I have moved into our new house and that means I’m moving books.  I’m again discovering just how much I have, and I want to share some of it.  Here’s how I plan to do it.

I want people to tell me one or more ways Storytellers Unplugged has helped them in the past year.  Anyone’s column(s), on any topic.  What advice or insight have you received that has made a positive difference in your work?

Post in response to this.  Winners will get books, mailed for free to anywhere in the world.  At least one winner will be chosen by me in each of two categories: published and unpublished.  Published is for anyone who had been published by a paying market prior to the beginning of 2010.

Books will be given out depending on how many entries are received.  The winners (if there are a bunch of responses, there will be many winners) will be offered their choice from five to ten items, worth anywhere from $10-$100.  Winners will be announced in next month’s column, and entries are encouraged all the way up to midnight of March 10.

It’s February, and it’s near Valentine’s Day.  Time to share some love.  Please be encouraged to repost this or link to it.

3 comments to Broken Wrist Blues

  • I’m really sorry to hear about your wrist. Aren’t you just so very ready for Spring already! Sledding has been great but all this shoveling is for the birds.

    Storytellers Unplugged helps me all the time. As a contributor, it forces me to think about why I write and why I write the way I do. As a reader of Storytellers articles, there is endless comfort to be found in hearing how people tackle problems related to the business. It’s also extremely helpful having access to the advice of people with more experience than myself. You can’t put a price tag on that. Trying to decide which articles have helped me most this year is really tough. But I’ll try…

    Several people shared their experiences with owning a Kindle and this led me to want and eventually own one. Since I love my Kindle so much, I feel rather indebted to those who urged me on. When you read as much as I do, owning a Kindle feels just a teeny bit life-changing.

    Here’s another good one: I just finished Brian Hodge’s article on how to fight novel-writing constipation and this really hit the spot with me. As if often goes with the wisdom I encounter here, he didn’t really tell me anything I didn’t already know myself. I use this process of breaking down big jobs into smaller, more manageable ones whenever I face household clutter or the craziness of Christmas. What his article did for me is cause me to step back, take a deep breath, and remember that this is not only a good system for knocking out your spring cleaning, but it’s also the best way to work through a big writing project. I needed him to tell me that today.

    And then there’s the article that touched me most, and that article was Thomas Sullivan’s Sept 10 Zen Pot Throwing, Combat Boots, and 128 Squirrels. His story about adventuring in the Dominican (in particular the bartering in the markets) really took hold of my heart. He did several articles about his Dominican trip and all were excellent. Sully is nothing less than prolific and always shares something that alters my world view just a little, if I’m smart enough to allow for that. He looks at life with such wonder. Choosing his article as one of my favorites of the year though is a little unfair. I was friends with Sully before joining Storytellers Unplugged and I always make a point of reading what he writes. While I have the best of intentions every month, I cannot say that I am faithful to read everything that everyone writes. Still, he writes good stuff and Zen Pots was one of the best that I read. :)

  • Jeff P.

    As a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop living in an area where there aren’t many fellow writers of the fantastic around, reading Storytellers Unplugged on a regular basis helps me to feel in the thick of writers who like the same stuff I do. That kind of support is invaluable. Not all of the posts connect with me, but most do, whether it’s someone sharing their experience or a particular technique (such as Brian Hodges’ post below), or someone just sharing slice-of-life experiences (I particularly enjoy Wayne Allen Sallee’s posts). It’s all food for thought or grist for the mill, two cliches I wouldn’t think of using in my fiction.

    I’ve lost track of how long I’ve been reading Storytellers Unplugged, but there’s been a lot of turnover in that time. New members or old, there’s yet to be anyone who hasn’t posted something that’s helped me. I look forward to making my first professional sale with the help of SU.

  • Brittney Anger

    I am new to the field of writing, in the sense that I am not published and have only recently really become motivated. I have always enjoyed writing, but I find it difficult as a stay at home mother of 5 to ever accomplish that goal. I can’t remember how I even found Storytellers Unplugged, but it has been in my google reader since I did. I enjoy the different styles and voices from all the contributors. I add several thoughts and comments in my quote book that have inspired me. I have also started following several contributors personal sites. This site has inspired me to be more serious about pursuing my writing career and for that I say thank you!!!

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