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Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week:
The Greatest Challenge Agents Will Face: Standardization of Terms (Nathan Bransford)
Utilizing Your Strengths to Realize Your Writing Dreams (Eleanor Van Natta)
What Are Editors For? (Helen Ginger) 
Character Myths: A ‘Bad Boy’ Hero? (Jannette Johnson aka jl_johnson) [JON’S PICK OF THE WEEK] 
Writing Through the End (Carrie Cuinn)
Interviews (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
The Myth of “Finding Your Voice” and How to Find Your Own (S Boyd Taylor aka sboydtaylor)

Does it Take a Village to Raise a Book? (Rachelle Gardner)

Style Blunders in Fiction (Jodie Renner)


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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Jan. 14th, 2011 05:05 pm (UTC)
You redeemed yourself this week..I don't feel scared. ;) Great picks!
Jan. 14th, 2011 07:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Tracy :)
Jan. 14th, 2011 05:08 pm (UTC)
Awesome links as usual. Great job and I will pass them along to my writing buddies.
Jan. 14th, 2011 07:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Awesome
Thank you. I'm glad you found them interesting :)
Jan. 14th, 2011 06:03 pm (UTC)
Hmmm....what's a REAL bad boy? This is a nebulous sort of thing to define. Ethen (my character in Finder) certainly isn't a GOOD boy, even when he makes good, HE isn't good. He's flawed. He does the wrong thing most of the time. When he does do the good thing, it's often goes against his grain. Does he kill puppies? No. But he's not someone I'd actually trust my daughters with.

So what's a bad boy? Hmmmm again. Pondering.

Thanks, Jon!
Jan. 14th, 2011 07:10 pm (UTC)
You're welcome, Terri :)
Jan. 15th, 2011 03:55 am (UTC)
I suspect that what happens is that when one sets out to write a Bad Boy Romantic Interest (or any other stereotype), you're already starting out with a ready-made 2-D cardboard character, and at that point it's going to be a real struggle to patch on enough paper mache and duct tape to make a convincing 3-D character. Better to write a character who might be good or bad in varying degrees, but mostly is him or herself. Spike was way better in that role in the Buffyverse than Angel ever was, because loving Spike was profoundly dangerous and self-destructive, while loving Angel was safe (except when he didn't have his soul, but then he was a different person anyway. Doesn't count.)
Jan. 15th, 2011 10:17 am (UTC)
Spike is a great character :)

Aside from the occasional snippet, I never really watched Angel until the start of season 5, when Spike turned up on the show. From there, Senior Management and I got into Firefly (Best show ever, in my opinion), and then Buffy.

I think Joss Whedon's an excellent character writer. I love how you see his creations change throughout a series.
Jan. 15th, 2011 05:50 am (UTC)
really got hooked on the "writing through the end" article - it was very nicely encouraging - finding your voice was a good read too - thanks for this - i really look forward to these lists of yours
Jan. 15th, 2011 10:18 am (UTC)
THank you. I'm glad you find the useful :)
Jan. 15th, 2011 04:53 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you liked it :)
Jan. 15th, 2011 04:52 pm (UTC)
Jon, I don't know if you've seen it but http://carriecuinn.com has all of my writing information, including blog posts about writing, once or twice a week.
Jan. 16th, 2011 10:03 am (UTC)
And cooking too :)
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