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Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week:
Are e-book buyers becoming educated over price? (Philip Jones)
Fleshing Out Flat Characters (Janice Hardy)
by way of Beth Cato (aka celestialgldfsh )
Why Writers Suck at Marketing (Monica Valentinelli)
What Are You Afraid Of? (Donald Maass)
7 Things I’ve Learned So Far (Imogen Robertson)
Self-Defeating Attitudes (Lucienne Diver aka varkat )
Play by Play Narration (Mary Kole)
How to Spotlight Important Prose (Kathyrn Craft) 
Writing: When It Just Isn’t Working (Joshua Palmatier aka jpsorrow ) [Jon’s pick of the week]



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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Mar. 4th, 2011 06:48 pm (UTC)
Great links, as usual! Thanks for scouting the interwebs to find these for us. =)
Mar. 5th, 2011 10:20 am (UTC)
My pleasure, Joan :)
Mar. 4th, 2011 07:04 pm (UTC)
I really love these lists of yours. I posted my favorites today:
Mar. 5th, 2011 10:20 am (UTC)
Re: Yay!
I'm glad you found them useful :)
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Mar. 5th, 2011 10:23 am (UTC)
Over-describing the mundane is one of my many writerly faults, though I usually manage to prune most of it during sunsequent drafts.
Author Christine Hardy
Mar. 5th, 2011 11:43 am (UTC)
Hmmm... I liked Donald Maas's article and Joshua Palmatier's.

What am I afraid of? I'm afraid of crossing a line that I have set for myself as a writer in terms of content. I want my stories to be appropriate for any age, including my thirteen-year-old nephew who is waiting for me to finish my WIP (he read the beginning a couple of years ago.)

I have always been outspoken about keeping it clean. However, I find that as I write this story there are directions it could go that would fit right in with the characters and their situation. So far, I have steered away from those. It may cost me for not being edgy/sexual enough for the market. But, I don't think I could live with the censure of my close friends and family if I "sold out my principles." Nor the censure of my own conscience.

I have always said that you can write a compelling story without sex. Sexual overtones... sure, go ahead. But not actually describing the act itself, or any kind of abuse. Yet here I have s story in which at least the concern of that happening would be natural. So far I've steered clear but for a few oblique references. Maas would probably not approve.

Mar. 5th, 2011 04:14 pm (UTC)
I'm with you on the sex thing, though I can write a mean description of a 'flickering fireplace.'

Mind you, what I got from Don's post was that we should give our characters some 'worst fears' and making them face them.
Author Christine Hardy
Mar. 5th, 2011 08:52 pm (UTC)
Yes, but for a young, vulnerable heroine (such as mine) being molested would be her worst fear. I was dancing around the issue again just now, and settled for bullying on the part of her captor, who decides to reject rather than rape her.
Mar. 5th, 2011 01:59 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed the Self Defeating Attitudes article. I left a response to it on Lucienne's blog. I cannot imagine spouting those asinine excuses but I've heard them and/or read them in other articles.

After having my first novel accepted, my editor and I went back and forth over lengthy emails debating these or those story points. I defended what I thought should remain and changed what he convinced me were weaker parts or areas that were lacking. And I was happy to do that. No, he did NOT take it easy on me. He challenged me and the book turned out that much better as a result.

What's more, I'm taking all his advice to heart as I write book two, which he's waiting for. THAT's how you succeed and THAT's how you build relationships.

Check your pride at the door, hot stuff. NO ONE is a perfect writer. PERIOD. So suck it up. Whiny excuses and ruffled feathers will get you nowhere.
Mar. 5th, 2011 04:15 pm (UTC)
Check your pride at the door

Exactly. That goes for folks in critique groups too.

By the way. Are you coming to this year's Write Stuff conference, Phil?
Mar. 5th, 2011 05:10 pm (UTC)

Sadly, I had to cut Write Stuff from my budget this year along with three other annual conventions that I normally attend.

The estimates came in yesterday to replace our aging central A/C at home. Let's just say, it made me shiver a bit. :) So, as you can imagine, certain things had to be sacrificed.

As for Write Stuff, next year I intend to attend!

However, Jon, I would like the opportunity to meet up. I can tell you that I intend to participate in the Collingswood Book Festival on October 1 along with one or two other writers. That's a very inexpensive venue.

Perhaps see you then if not before. I want to start showing my face at the Writers Coffeehouse meetings and the Writers Cafe/GLVWG meetings as soon as my schedule permits.

Mar. 5th, 2011 05:13 pm (UTC)
Sorry, Jon, I posted my above reply as anonymous. I'm having quite the day!! Argh! :-P

Phil Giunta

Author, "Testing the Prisoner"
A paranormal tale of child abuse and redemption.

Available now at both independent & major book sellers including
Amazon.com & Barnesandnoble.com
A Firebringer Press Publication. www.firebringerpress.com
Visit my blog: http://pgiunta.livejournal.com/

Mar. 5th, 2011 05:15 pm (UTC)
Me too. Not helped by one of my girls coming down with shingles the other day :(
Mar. 5th, 2011 05:22 pm (UTC)
Eeeeek, sorry to hear that. All my hopes for a speedy recovery. I was sick three times between November 15 and last week. First it was bronchitis then two head colds.

Of course, I was sick while at Farpoint. Not easy giving a reading while congested! Yuk.

Mar. 5th, 2011 05:16 pm (UTC)
I don't think I can make the April GLVWG meeting, but I'll be there in May.

I've got my invite for Collingswood a week or so back. I definitely plan to attend.
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