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Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week: 
 
 
Author Platform: What Are You Waiting For? (Joel Friedlander)
 (by way of modstartwriting from the LJ community Start-Writing)
 
Point of View from My Point of View (Patricia Stoltey)
 
Archiving Your Blog (James Van Pelt aka jimvanpelt)
 

Picking The Right eBook Reader (Dennis Farrell) [Very funny]
(by way of April Henry aka aprilhenry)
 
The One Question Writers Should Never Ask Themselves When Reading (Nathan Bransford)
 
10 Steps to a Better Story (L.J. Sellers)
 
Authors Guild Statement on the Wylie Agency's New Epublishing Venture (Victoria Strauss)

Levelling up - It's Not just for Video Games! (Aaron R. Williams aka a_r_williams)


Taking the hit (Jim C. Hines aka jimhines)
 
How I Talk Myself Off the Ledge (or Tips on Facing Revision Notes) (Jo Knowles aka jbknowles)
 
Similarities to Existing Clients (Mary Kole)
 
Have You Ever Met a Dream, Writing? (Greg Frost)
 
 

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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jbknowles
Jul. 30th, 2010 12:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link!! :-)
jongibbs
Jul. 30th, 2010 12:23 pm (UTC)
My pleasure, Jo. It's a great post :)
littlemoremasks
Jul. 30th, 2010 12:51 pm (UTC)
Loved 10 steps to a Better Story.
msstacy13
Jul. 30th, 2010 01:13 pm (UTC)
Also good, yes...
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a_r_williams
Jul. 30th, 2010 01:08 pm (UTC)
Gee, Thanks, Jon! :)
jongibbs
Jul. 30th, 2010 02:37 pm (UTC)
You're welcome :)
msstacy13
Jul. 30th, 2010 01:15 pm (UTC)
Note to self: proofread BEFORE posting...
At the risk of sounding very like myself,
Nathan Bransford's piece is consistent with what I've said about writing reviews
of other writers' work.

Patricia Stoltey's piece is spot on,
and Jim Hines reminded me of a song I've quoted before:
Some have the speed,
and the right combinations,
but if you can't take the punches,
it don't mean a thing.

--Warren Zevon, "Boom Boom Mancini"
jongibbs
Jul. 30th, 2010 02:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Note to self: proofread BEFORE posting...
I always proofread before posting, but still those little spilling errors slip through the net ;)
tracy_d74
Jul. 30th, 2010 02:50 pm (UTC)
Nice gathering as always!
jongibbs
Jul. 30th, 2010 05:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you, and thanks for putting me on your link list today :)
clarionj
Jul. 30th, 2010 03:24 pm (UTC)
Reading my way through these more leisurely today, which is nice. Thanks as always!

Regarding Nathan Bransford's post, I've had similar experiences when editing or critiquing people's works. One guy specifically said he wanted his novel to be a quick airplane read, something someone takes along to pass the hour or two. I tried to give feedback based on what he wanted it to be but there would be people wanting to open up all kinds of "new books" in his book. That's frustrating. And it's not giving the author credit for knowing what he wanted.
jongibbs
Jul. 30th, 2010 05:12 pm (UTC)
I know what you mean, Pat. It's not the critiquer's job to rewrite a story the way they'd have done it.
ladysaotome
Jul. 30th, 2010 04:02 pm (UTC)
I especially enjoyed the "ereader" post & Greg Frost's Dream writing post.

“Suddenly he woke up. It had all been a dream.” If you do that to me, I will personally come to your house and fry you with my death ray before you can ever write another word.

I'd so join him! I read a book once that essentially ended that way - it was over 10 years ago but I still glare at the book on my shelf. What's worse - until that page, it was one of the best books I had ever read!

However - as for "story" dreams - I once had a musical dream. Everyone was dancing & singing, the songs rhymed - it was fantastic. I was so upset that I couldn't remember much when I woke up. I do sometimes remember bits of dreams & decide I like this or that aspect or concept and develop that into a good story. But by the time I'm done, it really bears little resemblance to the dream that inspired it.
jongibbs
Jul. 30th, 2010 05:12 pm (UTC)
Lol, I'm also impressed that he has a death ray :)
bogwitch64
Jul. 30th, 2010 05:10 pm (UTC)
I'm especially grateful for the pdf/blog link. THANKS!
jongibbs
Jul. 30th, 2010 05:19 pm (UTC)
That does look like a useful option :)
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slweippert
Jul. 30th, 2010 05:51 pm (UTC)
The link to Mr. Williams article about leveling up may end up on my blog. It's very good.
jongibbs
Jul. 30th, 2010 06:44 pm (UTC)
Aaron writes some great posts :)
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jongibbs
Jul. 30th, 2010 08:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you kindly :)
wordsrmylife
Jul. 31st, 2010 12:35 am (UTC)
Wow! Am I glad I picked this evening to re-enter the blogosphere. This is an excellent round-up, Jon, one I'm adding to Memories for future reference. Well done, you.
jongibbs
Jul. 31st, 2010 08:54 am (UTC)
Thanks, Katherine, and welcome back :)
jaguarx13
Jul. 31st, 2010 04:49 am (UTC)
Great info, as always. In response to Nathan Bransford's post, though I always try to consider what I read in writer's terms, sometimes I just want to read for fun (we all remember fun, right?) and not pick it apart as I go for writing clues. And there have been a couple of times when all I could really say after reading something was "wow, that's X number of hours of my life I'll never get back." Of course, I would never say that in a review (not that anyone is asking me to write one), and thankfully, it's rarely happened, But when it does it always brings up lots of questions in my mind regarding writing style and effect, goal of the story, was it accomplished, am I being too judgmental or am I just a clueless reader? and so on. I don't think all writers have to appeal to everyone though, and that's perfectly fine. Some people like white wine over red, though both can be equally good.
jongibbs
Jul. 31st, 2010 09:07 am (UTC)
'Some people like white wine over red, though both can be equally good.'

That's a nice analogy :)
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