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Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week:
 
 
How NOT to Date Your Fiction (Ripley Patton akarippatton)
 
Undercooking a Novel (Nathan Bransford)
 
The Five Stages of Writerly Grief (Terry-Lynne DeFino aka bogwitch64)
 
The Name Game (Helen Ginger)
 
[
A free online writers conference for YA writers]
by way of Julie Campbell (aka phoenixfirewolf)
 
The Case Against Reading Fees (Victoria Strauss)
 
The Way We Market (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
 
Common mistakes [made by writers] (Candace Havens)
by way of April Henry (aka aprilhenry)
 
No Block, Just Tackle (Kelly Simmons)
 
Letters from the query wars (Jennifer Jackson aka arcaedia)
 
 

If you have a particular favorite among these, please let the author know (and me too, if you have time).  Also, if you've a link to a great post that isn't here, feel free to share.




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clarionj
Jul. 9th, 2010 02:21 pm (UTC)
I'm off work this morning so I was able to read all the posts this time :) Thanks as always; I pulled good tidbits out of all of them, a little bit on every subject!
jongibbs
Jul. 9th, 2010 02:33 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you found them useful :)
medleymisty
Jul. 9th, 2010 03:01 pm (UTC)
My first reaction to "How NOT to Date Your Fiction" was to assume it was about not getting too attached to your work. ;)

On the Bransford post - last night I was transcribing quotes from a documentary and realized that I could never write dialogue like that. People do speak in fragments and I do try to incorporate that, but my fragments have to make sense and have some sort of order.

The stages of grief one - haha, I'm struggling with my WoW addiction at the moment. ;) I'm not trying to get published right now, but I could relate it to my feelings about my blog stats page.

Thanks for the links. :) They were entertaining.

Deleted the comment because I wanted to add something about the common mistakes.

Oh goodness yes - I agree with the first one. Like in Valley, I tried to keep to only the stuff that was needed for the story. I know how Emma survived and got to Riverview, but I didn't feel like the readers needed to know. Unless I decide to write Emma's story. :)

I get compliments on my pacing. I do have repeating phrases and thoughts, but that's like...that's like sort of the point. I know exactly what I'm doing there. It's a leitmotif sort of thing.

I like the thing about being subtle with the goal. A lot of other writing stuff that talks about it makes it sound like you should hit people over the head with it.

I think I've got a handle on all that stuff, really. Except for criticism, lol. But then, the criticism I haven't dealt with well has been really personal and more criticism of me as a person than the story - calling me crazy for liking my characters so much, for being obsessed with the story, etc. So that's made me a bit shy of real criticism, because I'm conditioned to think it's going to be insulting me as a person.
jongibbs
Jul. 9th, 2010 03:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Criticism

If there's a writer's equivalent of the Hippocratic oath, it should be 'Critique the work, not the writer' :)
alaneer
Jul. 9th, 2010 03:19 pm (UTC)
I'm still catching up on LJ, but I have read and liked Ripley's post.
jongibbs
Jul. 9th, 2010 03:21 pm (UTC)
'Tis a good one :)
tracy_d74
Jul. 9th, 2010 04:29 pm (UTC)
Great as always. I am not sure I have a favorite. I liked them all. I must say the No Block was pretty clever with the L and L__ that made me chuckle. Writers are soooo creative. (Duh!)
jongibbs
Jul. 9th, 2010 05:13 pm (UTC)
Hehe, who knew? ;)
mtlawson
Jul. 10th, 2010 12:42 am (UTC)
Once again, thanks for all the work you do on this, Jon.
jongibbs
Jul. 10th, 2010 04:54 pm (UTC)
My pleasure, Mike :)
isleburroughs
Jul. 10th, 2010 03:02 am (UTC)
I've been very busy and haven't had a chance to post a thanks every friday so Thanks, Jon. I read as many of your links as I can get to per week and enjoy them muchly and learn a lot too:D
jongibbs
Jul. 10th, 2010 04:55 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you find them useful :)
serge_lj
Jul. 10th, 2010 05:18 am (UTC)
How NOT to Date Your Fiction?
Starting the conversation with the observation that their diet obviously is working might be considered gauche.
jongibbs
Jul. 10th, 2010 04:55 pm (UTC)
Lol :)
mary684
Jul. 10th, 2010 11:49 am (UTC)
Thanks, Jon, these were great!
jongibbs
Jul. 10th, 2010 04:55 pm (UTC)
My pleasure, Mary :)
sallymn
Jul. 11th, 2010 12:12 am (UTC)
Loved the one on names especially... I am fascinated by names, real and fictional :)
jongibbs
Jul. 11th, 2010 04:28 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you found it useful :)
bogwitch64
Jul. 11th, 2010 10:43 pm (UTC)
FINALLY got to catch up. Well, catch up with YOU. I can't get through all the LJ I missed and freaking facebook is trying to kill me. Are you on FB?? (PLEASe say no! I want to know someone is still sane!)
jongibbs
Jul. 17th, 2010 04:38 pm (UTC)
I'm on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/people/Jon-Gibbs/1100527371), but I tend to keep myself to myself over there. I make a few comments every now and then and post a couple of times a week (usually my weekly links).
bogwitch64
Jul. 17th, 2010 04:54 pm (UTC)
Well, I just friended you, so I'll get your links twice! :)
jongibbs
Jul. 18th, 2010 03:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you :)
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jongibbs
Jul. 17th, 2010 04:40 pm (UTC)
I find a lot of them right here on Live Journal, or they're blogs I subscribe to after someone recommended a different post there (if you see 'By way of...' next to the link it means someone on LJ recommended the post).
kimberleylittle
Jul. 14th, 2010 01:29 pm (UTC)
I always love your links, Jon, they're great. (As you can also see, I'm playing LJ catch-up after a couple of crazy weeks!) Don't know if you ever saw my post called How to Make a Literary Life: Charming Notes. I wish I'd read this book and started taking her advice when I was first starting out. It's so much easier to do now with blogging/facebooking/twitter, etc. but it's an interesting idea about how/why to reach out to those authors/artists you've always admired, but think they are far out of reach.

Feel free to share: http://kimberleylittle.livejournal.com/61834.html
jongibbs
Jul. 17th, 2010 04:41 pm (UTC)
LJ catch-up = hard work :)
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