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Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week:
E-Wars: The Opening Gun (Bart Palamaro)
The Skill of Critiquing - Part One (David Steffen)
by way of Nancy Fulda (aka nancyfulda)
Writer of the Future: Is it YOU? (Deborah Walker)
Do I Suck as a Writer? (Rhonda Eudaly aka reudaly)
What the hell happened to my idea? (Brian Kell aka brian_ohio)

Book Promotion: What worked; what did not (Michael W. Davis)

Shifting the Blocks (Juliet Marillier)

I’m On This Hill, Holding a Flag (Michael Merriam aka mmerriam)

The Hook (Gloria Oliver)

Three reasons an Agent rejects Your Pages (Chuck Sambuchino)


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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Nov. 5th, 2010 12:09 pm (UTC)
I liked the Michael Merriam post. Then again when does he not write a good post? I also liked the three reasons agents reject manuscripts. I found that good advice for both new and established writers. :)
Nov. 5th, 2010 01:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Mark :)
Nov. 5th, 2010 02:26 pm (UTC)
Ooo...I loved Marillier's FOXMASK and WOLFSKIN.
Nov. 5th, 2010 03:54 pm (UTC)
She writes a mean blog post too :)
Nov. 5th, 2010 03:09 pm (UTC)
I also liked the Michael Merriam post -I commented on it. And it was very timely - I had a conversation about this with my husband last night after reading another author's rant about steampunk - not the Charles Strauss one.

I also liked the Rhonda Eudaly post - I did that too, last year. Read all the writing sites and industry blogs and thought there was something wrong with me and my writing because I didn't meet their rules.

Decided this year that I didn't care - I know what I'm doing. If I didn't I wouldn't have devoted readers.

And I agree with her - those rules can be useful. Especially for young beginners. But eventually you find your voice and learn to trust yourself and you write on your own, without the safe confines of rules. It's like growing up. :)
Nov. 5th, 2010 03:57 pm (UTC)
I confess, when it comes to the steampunk-dissing, I don't get what all the fuss is about. If you like something, then who cares what someone else thinks.
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Nov. 5th, 2010 03:57 pm (UTC)
Maybe we should have a Puddle for blog post titles :)
Nov. 5th, 2010 03:54 pm (UTC)
What worked and what didn't was excellent.
Nov. 5th, 2010 04:00 pm (UTC)
I thought so too. I'm not surprised blogging didn't have a huge direct impact on his sales. I think it's more of a long term benefit. Name recognition's all well and good, but I shouldn't think it makes too much of an impact on sales until you've got a few thousand regular readers and a half dozen or so books to your name too.
Nov. 5th, 2010 05:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Jon!
Nov. 5th, 2010 05:43 pm (UTC)
Nov. 5th, 2010 06:36 pm (UTC)
Well done! I liked the "Do I Suck" and "Critique." I've had some crazy feedback! AND I often think...REALLY, one more RULE to learn? Why? Especially when I can open any PUBLISHED book and find five adverbs on the first page.
Nov. 6th, 2010 09:40 am (UTC)
When people talk about non-grammatical writing rules, it's easy to assume we're supposed to follow them without question.

I suspect they weren't originally intended that way. What started out as 'If you're using three or four adverbs in every sentence, you might want to think about cutting back a little' got mutated by the Chinese whisper effect into 'Good writers never use adverbs.'
Nov. 7th, 2010 12:16 am (UTC)
Many many of these were really excellent reads--thanks!
Nov. 7th, 2010 01:49 pm (UTC)
You're welcome, Francesca :)
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