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I am a writer, but I'm here on Goodreads to talk about books, as I've been a passionate reader as long as I've been a writer--since early childhood.

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Sherwood Smith If the project blocks, take out another project. Sometimes they need to simmer, and when I return to it, I can look at it fresh.

If writing blocks,…more
If the project blocks, take out another project. Sometimes they need to simmer, and when I return to it, I can look at it fresh.

If writing blocks, then that means it's time to refill the well. Get out and do things, see people, listen, smell, touch, watch. Read for pleasure or information, see a play, walk in a park. Listen to music. Ideas will come!(less)
Sherwood Smith Heh--I can't help but think that unasked-for advice is the easiest thing to dispense, and the last thing anyone else wants. But why not offer these…moreHeh--I can't help but think that unasked-for advice is the easiest thing to dispense, and the last thing anyone else wants. But why not offer these two things:

First, write what excites you. Really, don't worry about what "the market" wants because that changes every day. If you are not excited, it's just about 100% guaranteed your readers won't be.

And second, get fresh eyes as a beta, if you can. Not a friend, a spouse, a student, because they are already invested, just like you. Only fresh eyes can really gauge how much of your excitement actually made it to the page.(less)
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“But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.”
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lilly bear ♡ I just wanted you to know that Crown Duel is my absolute favourite book. It's always the first suggestion on my lips when someone asks for a recommendation. Thank you so much for writing something that is so dear to me :)


Sherwood Smith Hey, thank YOU! :-)


Maisoon Al-mahrouqi Thank you for accepting my request! Crown Duel is next on my Kindle To-Read list, a friend of mine recommended it to me.
I was wondering, do you read Terry Pratchett, author of the Diskworld series?


Sherwood Smith Maisoon wrote: "Thank you for accepting my request! Crown Duel is next on my Kindle To-Read list, a friend of mine recommended it to me.
I was wondering, do you read Terry Pratchett, author of the Diskworld series?"


I love Terry Pratchett!


Michael And good to see you. Your author photo looks positively badass; but then, you are, so fair enough.

I am always here in NYC! (Well, Brooklyn, but close enough.)


Sherwood Smith Well, I was 27 when that was taken--but it scrunched down well for the icon, so I thought, why not!


Sweetie Sherwood, thanks for accepting request :D
Looking forward to enjoying your books, have seen good reviews.


Sherwood Smith Looking forward to yours as well!


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Maria Freeman Hi, I am attempting to read all of your books and I was wondering if you had a suggested order in which I should try to read them. Thanks.


Sherwood Smith That's sort of complicated--the YA ones or the adult ones? In publication order or in time, if you mean the ones set on Sartorias deles? For the latter, there is a chart on my webpage showing where the SD ones fit together:


Sherwood Smith Thank you! (I don't know if you know this, or would care, but there are several scenes from Vidanric's point of view at the end of the e-book edition.)


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Ariana Thanks for adding me back! :)


Sherwood Smith Feed free to drop me if my tastes turn out to be undigestible for you!


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Tadiana So sorry to hear (belatedly) about your stroke. I hope the recovery is going well.


Sherwood Smith Thanks!


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Steve Thanks Sherwood, for accepting my friend request.

Steve


Sherwood Smith Steve wrote: "Thanks Sherwood, for accepting my friend request.

Steve"


Looking forward to your reviews!


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