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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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peadarog
Dec. 17th, 2010 01:22 pm (UTC)
The "add tension" one was good.
jongibbs
Dec. 17th, 2010 02:57 pm (UTC)
April writes some great posts :)
knittingknots
Dec. 17th, 2010 02:51 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!
jongibbs
Dec. 17th, 2010 02:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I aim to please :)
bogwitch64
Dec. 17th, 2010 03:08 pm (UTC)
Victoria Strauss's post made me laugh. Who thinks such things are a GOOD idea?? Oy...
jongibbs
Dec. 17th, 2010 03:47 pm (UTC)
Lol, it's amazing what some folks think will get them ahead :)
bogwitch64
Dec. 17th, 2010 04:45 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.

Insanity.
jongibbs
Dec. 17th, 2010 05:31 pm (UTC)
Exactly, I'd have sent it back without the cash :)
bogwitch64
Dec. 17th, 2010 03:08 pm (UTC)
Oh, and THANKS, JON!
jongibbs
Dec. 17th, 2010 03:47 pm (UTC)
:)
asakiyume
Dec. 17th, 2010 05:37 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...

jongibbs
Dec. 17th, 2010 06:04 pm (UTC)
There are some weird folks out there in the world, that's for sure.
roninangel
Dec. 17th, 2010 06:13 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
jongibbs
Dec. 17th, 2010 06:17 pm (UTC)
There's an awful lot of excellent, free, information online :)
roninangel
Dec. 17th, 2010 06:39 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
sallymn
Dec. 17th, 2010 07:21 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.
jongibbs
Dec. 17th, 2010 07:34 pm (UTC)
So long as you don't eat the pens :)
sallymn
Dec. 18th, 2010 06:24 am (UTC)
Hey, if you're peckish the fruit-scented pens are hard not to nibble on... {g}
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jongibbs
Dec. 18th, 2010 08:42 am (UTC)
Lol, next week, I'll try to find some you haven't alredy seen :P
jamzsquared
Dec. 17th, 2010 11:59 pm (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.
jongibbs
Dec. 18th, 2010 08:43 am (UTC)
I know what you mean. World-building's hard work.
sandrawickham
Dec. 18th, 2010 03:29 pm (UTC)
Oh. My. Goodness.

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

Thanks for the mention!! :)
jongibbs
Dec. 18th, 2010 05:59 pm (UTC)
Lol, you're welcome, Sandra :)
lovepowerandfairytaleendings.blogspot.com
Feb. 7th, 2011 11:31 am (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...)
lovepowerandfairytaleendings.blogspot.com
Feb. 7th, 2011 11:32 am (UTC)
um, from Jeffe Kennedy. Open ID didn't add my name. Erf.
jongibbs
Feb. 7th, 2011 11:45 am (UTC)
My pleasure. What do you mean by 'captcha code'?
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