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


Intuition and Instruction [info]cathschaffstump


Wright’s Writing Corner: My Writing Tips [info]arhyalon courtesy of [info]brni

This next one’s not even loosely connected to writing, but what the heck, the first video made me LOL, out loud.
http://dynastic-queen.livejournal.com/132476.html [info]dynastic_queen

Face-Lift 6: Guess the Plot (Evil Editor)
courtesy of [info]aprilhenry - I recommend the other five too.


Letters From the Query Wars [info]arcaedia

[Good Enough: Part 1]

Good Enough is Never Enough (Jessica Faust) – courtesy of [info]marthawells

[Good Enough: Part 2]

I’ll Show you why You’re so Much More Than Good Enough [info]jmeadows

Good Enough: Part 3]
For the life of me I cannot remember what made us think that we were wise and that we’d never compromise

Why do Good Agents Turn Down Good Books
(Anne Hawkins)
– courtesy of [info]aprilhenry 


On Critiques and taking Them Too Personally [info]amy34

Why bother to get it right? For your readers, damn it! [info]aprilhenry

A Conversation With Douglas Preston
(Jonathan Maberry)

Monday Writing Tip

An Author Walks Into a Bookstore for a Signing…
- courtesy of [info]aprilhenry

What Makes a Book a Book?


Slush Stats [info]jmeadows
[I was in two minds about posting this one, because I suggested the topic, but I think it’s an important issue]

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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Jul. 24th, 2009 01:14 pm (UTC)
Slush Stats--very nice! You feel pretty special, don't you. Don't you! :) That was a great question. I'm going to keep an eye on the query thing she's going to do.

I have a question--who does she read slush for? I can't seem to find her anywhere on Agentquery, and google only brings up her page, her LJ and her Facebook.
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Jul. 24th, 2009 01:46 pm (UTC)
Well, thank you! The one place I didn't check, eh? Well, I didn't check Facebook either, because I'm one of the last six people left on earth without a Facebook account. :)

Jul. 24th, 2009 05:03 pm (UTC)
Lol. Now I'm wondering how we'll find the other four ;)
Jul. 24th, 2009 05:05 pm (UTC)
You too!? Yay! I don't feel so lame now. :)
Jul. 24th, 2009 05:14 pm (UTC)
I have a Myspace and a Twitter account, which I don't use. I only got the Myspace so I could leave a response on a friends page. As for Twitter... actually, I really don't know why I opened that one :)
Jul. 24th, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC)
Ack! I refuse to Twitter! It just seems so...trendy. I don't know. Twitter just bugs me. (Have you ever read Feed, by MT Anderson??)
Jul. 24th, 2009 05:43 pm (UTC)
Can't say as I have. What's it about?
Jul. 24th, 2009 05:45 pm (UTC)
Taken from the Amazon review:
This brilliantly ironic satire is set in a future world where television and computers are connected directly into people's brains when they are babies. The result is a chillingly recognizable consumer society where empty-headed kids are driven by fashion and shopping and the avid pursuit of silly entertainment--even on trips to Mars and the moon--and by constant customized murmurs in their brains of encouragement to buy, buy, buy.

It's excellent, and frightening, and all too close to being REAL. It's YA, but it's definitely a worthy read.
Jul. 24th, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC)
Sounds like something out of a Doctor Who episode :)
Jul. 24th, 2009 02:15 pm (UTC)
The slush stats is interesting. I'd send a query about my current WIP, but a) I've not written a query since I was 14, and then I just sent letters, and I have no idea how to go about it yet, and b) it seems kinda rude to just butt in on someone's offer like that... :-S

How long is a query? Is it just a case of "I'm writing an urban fantasy set in current day London. It has elements of history around the 1660s, features demons, spirits of buildings, nymphs of the lost rivers under London, and a fight for the city." Or is it like a cover letter or synopsis? I really haven't gotten this far into the process yet... *wry grin*
Jul. 24th, 2009 04:55 pm (UTC)
If you check Jodi's latest post, there's a seperate query letter thingy coming up, starting Monday. here's the link. http://misssnarksfirstvictim.blogspot.com/2009/07/our-very-first-query-contest.html

What's happening with the cat?
Jul. 24th, 2009 06:22 pm (UTC)
I shall keep an eye on the query letter thing, to see what other people post. It's not open to me, as obviously I'm not finished with the WIP yet - not even finished first draft, let alone a polished MS suitable for sending out and querying with yet - but it'll be interesting to see how other people write these sorts of things.

Haven't seen cat for a couple of days. I'm still debating what to do. I'm thinking just contacting Cats Protection or the RSPCA and voicing a concern about him...
Jul. 24th, 2009 06:34 pm (UTC)
Don't know if you saw my comment on you blog the other day, but we had a similar situation with a neighbor's cat back in '03.

The weird thing was, the owners were perfectly nice, friendly people, yet they just seemed to have decided to let their cat starve to death.
Jul. 24th, 2009 02:36 pm (UTC)
I only made it through half so far because I want to get to some writing now, but I'll be back :)

The first on Intuition and Instruction seems to neatly sum up many discussions that have been going around the board. The Writing Tips is so nicely concrete in its instruction that I have to jot some of them down; concrete reminders are always easier to apply. And, in Guess the Plot, I'm always grateful for sample queries and synopses, especially when the successful and unsuccessful are laid out beside each other. I'll have to go back to these soon.

Jul. 24th, 2009 04:59 pm (UTC)
Glad you find them useful :)

It's amazing how many great posts on writing I've seen here in LJ-land. I wish I had time to explore for more, I'm sure I miss loads.
Jul. 24th, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the links. I will come back to the list later.
Jul. 24th, 2009 05:01 pm (UTC)
My pleasure. Thanks again for those two market updates :)
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