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Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week:

Quality (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)

Write What You Know? (Christine Marciniak)

Indie Publishing: Is it Right for You? (Maryann Miller)

Retreats (Jennifer R. Hubbard aka writerjenn)

Do You Have a Thick Skin? (Rachelle Gardner)

Your Brain on Fiction (Annie Murphy Paul)
By way of Anne Carrole

Why Don’t CSI’s Just Turn On The Damned Lights! (Tom Adair)
By way of April Henry (aka aprilhenry)

When is a Dodgy Publisher Like a Stopped Clock? (Victoria Strauss)

Reviews and the writer (Patty Jansen)



If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2011, and last week’s list

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jongibbs
Mar. 24th, 2012 09:07 am (UTC)
My pleasure, Jenn :)
medleymisty
Mar. 24th, 2012 06:21 pm (UTC)
I found the quality one interesting. It's a subject I've thought about a lot, and it's why I don't really hang out around writing communities that are centered around professional publishing much anymore.

I've been involved in "amateur" writing communities online for quite a few years, and honestly the great majority of what I read online is way way way better than what I can find at the corporate bookstore. Like I'm taking part in the LJ Idol writing competition - therealljidol, and some of the writing there is truly amazing and magnificent and imaginative.

I've never had a tough time with finding the good stuff online. Of course if you go to a huge fanfic site and read Mary Sue style fanfics by 13 year olds they're not going to be great literature. But if you use a little discrimination and look for where the adults who write original fiction hang out, you can find treasures unimagined by publishing corporations.

Which personally I think publishing corporations are motivated far more by profit than by quality, and they cater to the absolute lowest common denominator. When we go to a big box retail store and they have the "bestsellers" on display, we always like to stop and flip through them and make fun of the horrible writing. I can't imagine anyone with any sort of literary taste or more than a sixth grade education liking those books.

Online though, creativity and quality and friendship flows freely. And I've seen a fair few people who started out with Sims stories or fanfic or whatever turning to e-books and selling their work directly to the fanbase that they built up through sharing their earlier stuff for free. It's not a choice I would make, although quite a few people have told me that they would stand in line to buy any book I wrote, but I fully support people who want to make money from their writing and who bypass the traditional publishing companies to do it.

Basically - I go to a brick and mortar corporate bookstore full of books that were vetted by a bunch of rich white old men who just want to make money and enforce their primitive worldview, and I can't find very much to read. When I search for what I want, I get "not in stock, order online". There's nothing that speaks to me, nothing that challenges me, nothing that is new and creative and imaginative and beautiful.

I go online, and I read LJ Idol entries and Sim stories and blog posts by my friends, and here is what I want. Here I find imagination and creativity and beauty and new perspectives and new worlds and new ways of thinking.

I also think it's no accident that the writing world online is heavily dominated by women. We reject your glass ceiling, your view of us as chattel and breeding stock, and we are making our own creative economy. :)
jongibbs
Mar. 25th, 2012 10:27 am (UTC)
You've really given this some thought, haven't you? :)
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