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


Finding Your Voice (Helen Ginger)
The Truth About Book Trailers (April Henry aka aprilhenry)
Buckle Up (Nathan Bransford)
Practice is for losers (Russell Dickerson)
Finding Tips on Self-Editing at The Blood-Red Pencil (Patricia Stoltey)
How to Make Money on eBooks (Joe Konrath)
On Revision, Friendliness of (Tiffany Trent aka tltrent)
Show and Tell (Jennifer R. Hubbard aka writerjenn)
7 Things I’ve Learned So Far (Macie Smith)
Literature vs. Genre (Clint Harris aka wendigomountain)
Ideas are Only the Beginning (Elspeth Cross aka elspethcross)


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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Jul. 16th, 2010 02:11 pm (UTC)
The Konrath post was particularly interesting. Thanks for that!
Jul. 16th, 2010 03:12 pm (UTC)
I especially like tip #1 :)
Jul. 16th, 2010 02:32 pm (UTC)
ditto peadarog. The Konrath item is the best self pub ebook advice I have seen so far.

Edited at 2010-07-16 02:34 pm (UTC)
Jul. 16th, 2010 03:13 pm (UTC)
He does seem to be doing well from them.
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Jul. 16th, 2010 04:13 pm (UTC)
My pleasure, Jamie :)
Jul. 16th, 2010 05:10 pm (UTC)
Another fine selection! Happy Friday, Jon!
Jul. 16th, 2010 05:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Terri. You too :)
Jul. 16th, 2010 07:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link round-up. You go visit lots of interesting places that I don't get to.

btw, my 10yr-old son liked Fur Face so much he took it with him when he left to stay with his dad for two weeks. We hadn't finished it yet and he wanted to find out what happened.
Jul. 16th, 2010 08:07 pm (UTC)
You're welcome Stephanie, and thanks for telling me about your son. I hope he enjoys the ending :)
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Jul. 17th, 2010 06:21 pm (UTC)
There never seems to be a shortage of great blog posts about writing :)
Jul. 17th, 2010 01:51 am (UTC)
Thanks Jon for another great roundup! The Konrath article was particularly informative. *bookmarked*
Jul. 17th, 2010 06:22 pm (UTC)
Seems like Joe's making money hand over fist with his self-published books.
Jul. 18th, 2010 12:50 am (UTC)
I found the Literature Vs Genre one interesting, because I've been thinking about genre a lot. And trying to get my thoughts on it out on my LJ, but I have to sleep and eat and hang out with family members and write my own fiction too so I haven't gotten very far yet. It's a lot to untangle.

I did find it interesting that the author mentions college - I went to a working class rural high school and community college. And I grew up reading books from the "classics" section of the bookstore for fun. I never saw them as dry dusty tomes that I should have read because they were classics. I just loved them and they fit my tastes well.

OMG OMG OMG! I came up with that same theory years ago! I always wondered why people associated intelligence with personal worth and why they thought I was trying to say I was better than them if I talked about reading classics and my verbal SAT score in 7th grade and going to Duke's TIP program and all that, and I eventually hit on the subconscious equation in American culture - Intelligence = Education = Money = Worth.

So that was really interesting. And haha - you can find that equation in the one post I have managed so far on the genre issue, where I compare classics to a current fantasy series and fail to see what's so revolutionary about killing your characters when Shakespeare and Hugo and countless others have done it. Character death has always been around, because death has always been around. So I didn't get how it was omg rebellious for George R.R. Martin to kill his characters.

That shows my ignorance of genre and its dictates and the history of fantasy, but it also shows how I see no difference between the classics and current genre stuff and compare them to each other as equals.

And hmm - I love the language and the dialogue in the classics, but I realize we've changed. I was talking to my husband about that last night, and how we appreciate shorter sentences and clear and direct language now because of the differences in our culture. And in my writing, I go for brevity. I delete any word that can't prove it needs to be there. But the words I choose are all influenced by those formative years of reading and loving Poe and Austen and the Brontes and Dickens and Hugo. I can appreciate their style while also finding worth in our modern style.

So - thank you so very much for these links and for adding more to think about while trying to write out my thoughts on genre.
Jul. 18th, 2010 03:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks for taking the time to make such a great response :)

I'm somewhat lacking on the education front. I just read a book and see if I enjoy it. If not, that doesn't mean someone else won't, which is why I hate to see folks bashing someone else's work.

As for the classics, I find I tend to like the actual stories more than the telling, but that's to be expected since, as you rightly say, we're used to fast pacing and pruned sentences these days.

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