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Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week:
 
The Pernicious Momentum of First Ideas (Nathan Bransford) 
 
The Inner Journey (Donald Maass) [Jon’s pick of the week] 
 
Journey of the Late Adopter (Joe Konrath)
 
Keeping it Fresh (Jonathan Maberry)
 
Top 10 Things I’ve Learned Since Becoming A Successful Author (Ellen Hopkins)
by way of April Henry (aka aprilhenry)
 
Resources for Bloggers (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
 
A lightbulb shining through the writing fog (Don McNair)
 
Branding Basics (L. J. Sellers)
 
5 Things Television Teaches Writers (Janice Gable Bashman)
 
Accoutrements (Marc Vun Kannon)
 
Are E-books Worth the Money? (Brett Arends)
by way of Karen W. Newton (aka karen_w_newton)
 

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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peadarog
Sep. 3rd, 2010 12:30 pm (UTC)
I particularly enjoyed the Ellen Hopkins piece...
jongibbs
Sep. 3rd, 2010 04:56 pm (UTC)
It's an odd week. Most of LJ seems to have been posting about the Facebook/Twitter thing - at least, that's how it seemed when I went through the five day backlog yesterday :(
peadarog
Sep. 3rd, 2010 05:02 pm (UTC)
Twitter is a big deal to some...
jongibbs
Sep. 3rd, 2010 05:41 pm (UTC)
I can see why some folks are upset - though I wasn't fussed about it myself. It just seems to have been the central topic of bloggery on LJ this week.

plattcave
Sep. 3rd, 2010 12:41 pm (UTC)
Good stuff this week. I particularly liked the "Are e-books worth the money" article.

I recently moved my blog. This week brought a few good writing-related posts:

http://plattstuff.blogspot.com/
jongibbs
Sep. 3rd, 2010 04:57 pm (UTC)
You're sticking with LJ though, right?
plattcave
Sep. 4th, 2010 02:12 am (UTC)
Just to comment on others' blogs. My own blogging is elsewhere now. After like 10 years on LJ, I needed something different.
dotificus
Sep. 3rd, 2010 02:14 pm (UTC)
I keep forgetting to thank you for these posts. Thanks! Also, I'm relieved to see I'm not the only one spending wayyyy too much time online. ;)

I'm torn as to a fave-- I love the Maass and Hopkins articles. But I think I'd pick Nathan Bransford's, since that's a trap I often fall into -- thinking my first ideas are the freshest.
jongibbs
Sep. 3rd, 2010 04:55 pm (UTC)
First ideas are usually good, but second and third are usually better. I've just rewritten the beginning of a story (which now works much better), but it was a hard choice because I really liked the original opening line:
Just after 2:00am, Albert Palmer scrambled, naked, out of his rear-bathroom window.

dotificus
Sep. 4th, 2010 02:11 am (UTC)
Ha! That's a great opening line. Maybe you can use it in a different story.
kmarkhoover
Sep. 3rd, 2010 05:40 pm (UTC)
the link by Ellen Hopkins was pretty cool
jongibbs
Sep. 3rd, 2010 05:53 pm (UTC)
It's good when folks share their experiences, especially mistakes :)
bogwitch64
Sep. 3rd, 2010 06:46 pm (UTC)
Another fine selection, Jon!
jongibbs
Sep. 3rd, 2010 08:57 pm (UTC)
Ta muchly :)
ladysaotome
Sep. 7th, 2010 10:52 pm (UTC)
I recently found this and really liked what she had to say on highlighting to see story balance & creating action.
http://www.deehenderson.com/writing.html
jongibbs
Sep. 8th, 2010 02:23 am (UTC)
That's a good one. Thanks for sharing :)
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