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Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week: 
Taking a Good Idea and Elevating It (Nathan Bransford) [Jon’s pick of the week] 
The First Line Hook (Heidi M. Thomas)
Podcastle Wants You! [Narrators wanted]

Giving your characters choices (Anna Staniszewski aka annastan)

Connections (Scott Nicholson)
Do Record Stores Point the Way of the Future for Book Stores? (Nathan Bransford)
The Talent Here is Ridiculous (Rachelle Gardner)
Are you put off by procrastination? (Donna Brennan)
Promote Yourself, Not Your book (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
Examining Trends vs. Style in Kids Books (Laura Toffler-Corrie)
Controvershul statement of the day (Live Journal’s ideealisme)


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.

If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of interesting blog posts from 2010 and Last week’s list.


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Feb. 25th, 2011 02:23 pm (UTC)
I'll repeat here what I've mentioned to you in person Jon. I think you have a great reading voice. You should totally apply for that Podcastle thing.
Feb. 25th, 2011 05:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Ed :)
Feb. 25th, 2011 05:26 pm (UTC)
The Podcastle thing is very exciting. I know a number of people whom I hope try out for it.

And it was great to read one of ideealisme's posts! I enjoy ideealisme's comments when I run into them online.

Feb. 25th, 2011 05:52 pm (UTC)
It was my pick of the week until I read Nathan Bransford's post yesterday :)
Feb. 25th, 2011 05:58 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed the Controvershul statement of the day and Giving your characters choices. I'm going to have to analyze some of my wip for choices.

In my mind, I've always distinguished between "writer" and "author" using my own personal definitions. To me, anyone can write. But to truly author something - that takes skill and talent, aptitude and refinement. Of course, that's coming from someone who made up the word "publicified" meaning "superficial and secularized" in 4th grade. (my sisters understoood it, too! lol)

Feb. 25th, 2011 06:02 pm (UTC)
Oh - and the podcast thing sounds interesting. Have you ever read any posts about reading aloud: how to's and such? I love reading aloud - it was a huge tradition in my family growing up - but Hubby always is telling me I get too excited or into the story and to calm down - which I don't know if it's true or he's just sadly ignorant of how it should be done... :(
Feb. 25th, 2011 07:20 pm (UTC)
I like when the narrator gets involved in the story :)
Feb. 25th, 2011 11:51 pm (UTC)
Gadzooks! My earlier post didn't survive in here either. I don't know what happened this morning, by everything I posted before lunch never made it through.

Ah, well, as always, m'dear--thanks!
Feb. 26th, 2011 10:57 pm (UTC)
Sometimes, LJ gets hungry :)
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Feb. 26th, 2011 10:58 pm (UTC)
Rachelle writes consistently good posts, I think :)
Feb. 26th, 2011 11:15 am (UTC)
Nice meeting you last night
Hi, John,
Thanks for coming to the Treehouse Coffee Shop last night. It was very nice to meet you. Sorry it was a bit loud in there.
I glanced over your list, and looked at Rachelle Gardner's post. *groan*. It reminds me why I stopped reading agent blogs a while ago... they are just too discouraging for me at this stage of my writing. The "God Help Me, I'll Never Finish This Monster, Why Did I Ever Start In the First Place?" stage.
Feb. 26th, 2011 10:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Nice meeting you last night
Hi Christine,

It was good to meet you too :)
Author Christine Hardy
Feb. 28th, 2011 04:05 am (UTC)
Re: Nice meeting you last night
Hi! Sorry, Live Journal posted me as anonymous without my realizing it.
Feb. 28th, 2011 09:34 am (UTC)
Re: Nice meeting you last night
I see you had a few problems with that. My spam filter settings got changed the other day. I don't know how, but I've changed them back now.
Feb. 26th, 2011 11:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for including me in your roundup, Jon. :)
Feb. 26th, 2011 11:49 pm (UTC)
My pleasure, Elizabeth. It was a great post :)
Feb. 27th, 2011 09:41 pm (UTC)
The future of book stores
This was a truly interesting article. Thank you for suggesting this. I really hope that book stores don't go the way of record stores. I love the smell of books. I also wanted to mention that I enjoyed your talk at the Treehouse on Friday.
Feb. 27th, 2011 10:32 pm (UTC)
Re: The future of book stores
Thanks, Marie. It was great to meet you and the rest of the South Jersey Writers. I felt bad about having to talk so loud. I hope nobody went home with a headache :)

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