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

Famously Rejected (Sandra Wickham aka sandrawickham)
World Building Through Character (Anna Staniszewski aka annastan)
Baby Love (Jeffe Kennedy)
by way of
Bart Palaramo (aka palabart)
The Tree of (writing-Related) Rejection (Francesca Forrest aka asakiyume)
Show Don’t Tell (Maryann Miller)
One Way Not to Get Published (Victoria Strauss)
Putting Numbers in context for writers (Saundra Mitchell aka anywherebeyond)
Whether to give up on a project (Jennifer R. Hubbard aka writerjenn)
Just Add Tension (April Henry aka aprilhenry)
The Worst Writing Purchases I’ve Made (Jackson Pearce aka watchmebe

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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Dec. 17th, 2010 04:22 pm (UTC)
The "add tension" one was good.
Dec. 17th, 2010 05:57 pm (UTC)
April writes some great posts :)
Dec. 17th, 2010 05:51 pm (UTC)
Nice collection here this week. I haven't read all of them yet, but I did enjoy worst writing purchases (fits in with my personal philosophy that writing purchases are ways we often delay or confuse our writing...but even I have six or seven of them floating around, not counting what's left over from the days when I taught English composition), "Show Don't Tell" because of the awareness of how important it is, but also how you have to balance stuff (I love exceptions to the rules. I'm kind of anti-hard rules oriented,) and World Building Through Character, because that is often how I experience it.

I look forward every week to this column. Thanks for doing it!
Dec. 17th, 2010 05:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I aim to please :)
Dec. 17th, 2010 06:08 pm (UTC)
Victoria Strauss's post made me laugh. Who thinks such things are a GOOD idea?? Oy...
Dec. 17th, 2010 06:47 pm (UTC)
Lol, it's amazing what some folks think will get them ahead :)
Dec. 17th, 2010 07:45 pm (UTC)
Teresa Neilsen Hayden told a story during VP, about a manuscript that actually had $ stuck into the pages, the amount going higher the further into the manuscript it went. She sent the manuscript AND all the cash back unread.

Dec. 17th, 2010 08:31 pm (UTC)
Exactly, I'd have sent it back without the cash :)
Dec. 17th, 2010 06:08 pm (UTC)
Oh, and THANKS, JON!
Dec. 17th, 2010 06:47 pm (UTC)
Dec. 17th, 2010 08:37 pm (UTC)
I thought the "Show, Don't Tell" one gave a good, clear discussion of the reasons for that rule. The Victoria Strauss one was good--as always--but that original link (to the agent's pitch letter) freaked me out! Yikes, such an agent...

Dec. 17th, 2010 09:04 pm (UTC)
There are some weird folks out there in the world, that's for sure.
Dec. 17th, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC)
thanks for these! =D i am really so glad you do these link posts at the end of the week - i look forward to them =D

i REALLY enjoyed the "world building through character" and bookmarked it (i commented there too =P) - i also bookmarked "just add tension" - the "Putting number in context" article just kinda made my head swim - probably because i'm REALLY not even there yet - so i figure i'll take another look at that kind of stuff when i actually go to query whatever novel i'm gonna send out to the masses first =P
Dec. 17th, 2010 09:17 pm (UTC)
There's an awful lot of excellent, free, information online :)
Dec. 17th, 2010 09:39 pm (UTC)
i agree - i have so many posts bookmarked - i read through them anytime i'm trying to write but just have nothing - usually any number of them will spark something
Dec. 17th, 2010 10:21 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes the one about unnecessary purchases... I am hopelessly addicted to stationery shops, though, and telling myself I don't need it never ever works... it's like telling a kid they don't need candy :(

So I spend money on paper and pens instead of chocolate, which is good for my health at least.

I... think.
Dec. 17th, 2010 10:34 pm (UTC)
So long as you don't eat the pens :)
Dec. 18th, 2010 09:24 am (UTC)
Hey, if you're peckish the fruit-scented pens are hard not to nibble on... {g}
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Dec. 18th, 2010 11:42 am (UTC)
Lol, next week, I'll try to find some you haven't alredy seen :P
Dec. 18th, 2010 02:59 am (UTC)
Definitely loving the "World Building through Character" article. I'm just embarking on a fantasy-esque tale, and the task of world-building has been making me feel a bit anxious.
Dec. 18th, 2010 11:43 am (UTC)
I know what you mean. World-building's hard work.
Dec. 18th, 2010 06:29 pm (UTC)
Oh. My. Goodness.

I don't think I've EVER made your list before!! *does happy chair dance*

Thanks for the mention!! :)
Dec. 18th, 2010 08:59 pm (UTC)
Lol, you're welcome, Sandra :)
Feb. 7th, 2011 02:31 pm (UTC)
Google just let me know you'd posted this, way back in December. Thanks and glad you liked it!

(and that's the most complex captcha code I've ever seen...)
Feb. 7th, 2011 02:32 pm (UTC)
um, from Jeffe Kennedy. Open ID didn't add my name. Erf.
Feb. 7th, 2011 02:45 pm (UTC)
My pleasure. What do you mean by 'captcha code'?
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