When I was in college, I had an art teacher who drove me up a wall. He taught graphic design, and when I created something for his class that he didn't quite connect with, he could never tell me why. Our conversation concerning one of my lesser projects might be something like the following.
Me: What do you think?
Him: Hmmm. I'm not sure.
Me: What do you mean?
Him: It's just not quite there.
Me: How can I change it so it is "there."
Him: I'm not sure. It's just not quite right yet.
Me (later in the privacy of my room): AAAAUUUUUGGGGHHHH!
I know what you're thinking, but I'm not bitter. Really.
I read a passel of blogs on writing because, like many other writers, I'm trying to become a better writer. I enjoy reading great stories, and I want to know the secrets so my writing can be great, too.
But the main reason behind my study (which includes regular books on writing as well) is that I don't want to just write intuitively. Unlike my design teacher, who knew what was good or was not good when he saw it but couldn't tell me why, I want to actually know what I'm doing and why I'm doing it.
That's why I have to share this post from Adventures in YA & Children's Publishing from this week. It was so awesomely stupendous that I believe every writer who is serious about writing books that readers can't put down should read it. This is one of those posts you need to read. It's that key.
Enjoy! : )