“No one ever asks about the language.” Amy Tan
In the first foreword of Stephen King’s On Writing, he relays a conversation with novelist Amy Tan, in which he asks her what she wishes interviewers would ask about, but don’t. After giving it some thought, Tan replies, “No one ever asks about the language.”
The language. Stories. Characters. Plots and archetypes and how to craft an ending that leaves readers either speechless or aching for more.
That’s what this writing thing is all about. In the words of Stephen King, from that same book, he talks about what writing is all about, and it’s what I try to remember when I’m in the thick of it as well:
“Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. It’s about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy.”
Of course, it’s also about the language, as Tan pointed out. It’s about getting lost in a world and having it feel so real to you that you swear you were really there.
If you love writing, and you love stories, it follows that you want to be the best writer you possibly can be. Here at Wordy Introvert, that’s my number one goal: to help writers improve their craft, and improving with them along the way, because there’s always more to learn.
What is Wordy Introvert?
Wordy Introvert is the blog of writer and editor Colleen Vanderlinden (that’s me! More about me later.) where I want to focus on the heart of what it means to be an author. The words. The language. How to build a story and make it sing. How to create characters readers will love or hate, how to create conflict that will keep them breathless and turning pages…
But before it ever gets to the reader, it’s all about the writing. The language.
So what you won’t find here are marketing tips and advice about SEO or optimizing Facebook ads or any of those things. There are plenty of blogs and forums and Facebook groups out there focused on that.
This blog is about one thing: the language. The writing.
Writing better, writing smarter. That’s the tagline for this blog, and that is my entire focus when I write here.
Who is Colleen Vanderlinden?
(…And why should anyone listen to anything she has to say about writing?)
I’m the author of over 30 books, mostly in the urban fantasy and paranormal romance genres. I also write contemporary romance as Ella Linden, and, a while back, I wrote three books about gardening — two traditionally-published, one indie.
I’ve been nominated 5 times for the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice awards for the best indie book in my genre, and won in 2017 for my contemporary romance novel, Lost With You. My books have a strong 4.25-star average rating on Amazon, and I’ve sold over a quarter of a million copies of just one of my novels, Lost Girl, the first book in my Hidden urban fantasy series.
In addition to that, I’ve written magazine articles for Mother Earth News, the Northern Gardener, and Birds & Bees. I’ve written for TreeHugger, Planet Green, About.com, the Mother Earth News blog, the Detroit News’ garden blog, and several other websites.
I’m also an editor. I’ve edited or proofread over 20 novels in the romance, science fiction, and urban fantasy genres, as well as poetry chapbooks, textbooks, instruction manuals, blog posts, and articles. I studied English at Wayne State University in Detroit and am constantly learning about ways to refine my craft, currently working my way through the 1000-Day DIY MFA (which you can check out here.)
In short: words are my thing, and I’ve been working professionally with them for almost 15 years. Some would say I’m good at them and I certainly hope I am. I’m passionate about writing and about learning how to be a better writer. And I want to help you do the same.
Questions? Topics you’d like me to cover here? Drop me a line! colleen -at- colleenvanderlinden -dot- com.