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

 


On critiques 4 [info]stacia_kane

 

This one’s from June 30th, but I only saw it this week. Besides, it made me snort tea through my nose!

Genius Strategies for Defanging Web’s Harshest Critics (Lore Sjoberg) - courtesy of [info]ldragoon

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! [info]bogwitch64 (Because we all should feel like this).  
 

Things that make me want to beat people with a stick [info]babarnett

 

Using Contractions in Your Writing (Helen Ginger)

 

An interesting post about (writers) quitting, or trying to guilt someone into reading a novel – you decide [info]jmeadows

 

Apples and oranges [info]karen_w_newton

[The publisher of one of the bigger magazines shows how to mend fences] [info]warrenlapine


How to Identify Dragging Narrative (Patricia Stoltey)

 

6 Reasons Your Blog Traffic Might Be Declining And What To do About It. – courtesy of [info]ysabetwordsmith

 

Letters From the Query Wars [info]arcaedia

 

Writing for Clarity [info]kmarkhoover

 

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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kmarkhoover
Jul. 31st, 2009 01:31 pm (UTC)
I thought that Writing for Clarity post was helpful. Hyuk.

Just kidding. I really liked the blog traffic link. I found it very enlightening. Thanks! :)
jongibbs
Jul. 31st, 2009 03:05 pm (UTC)
Hehe. I enjoyed the Writing for Clarity post too. :)
karen_w_newton
Jul. 31st, 2009 01:40 pm (UTC)
Yet another reason to be glad it's Friday.... you always find such useful posts. I thought the item on suspending disbelief (by babarnett) was particularly worth noting. Just because fiction speculates doesn't mean it's OK for it to be inane or stupid.

BTW, the bogwitch64 links always yield an error message that I don't have access.
jongibbs
Jul. 31st, 2009 03:06 pm (UTC)
That's odd. I just checked it again and it seems okay. Here's the link: bogwitch64.livejournal.com/152878.html.

It's well worth another try :)
karen_w_newton
Jul. 31st, 2009 03:13 pm (UTC)
Does he/she have their LJ set to Friends Only? I still get an error.
jongibbs
Jul. 31st, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC)
She does, though I don't know why. I'll send her a message. In the meantime, if you follow the LJ name-link rather than the 'Eeeeeeeeeeee!!!' link, it's the secon entry in :)
karen_w_newton
Jul. 31st, 2009 03:29 pm (UTC)
Well, I can get to her blog but that post must be friend locked because the second entry I see is called "Thanks, Greg!"
jongibbs
Jul. 31st, 2009 03:32 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry, Karen. I didn't realize friends locked did that :(

I sent her a message. In the meantime, you'll just have to take my word for it that it's a doozy ;)

PS: She's also a delightful lady, and well worth friending
bogwitch64
Jul. 31st, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
And that makes me feel even MORE special.
bogwitch64
Jul. 31st, 2009 05:49 pm (UTC)
I unblocked it, Karen! I think it's more the joy than the content Jon's pleased with. :-P
karen_w_newton
Jul. 31st, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I can see why it has that headline. Exciting news!
clarionj
Jul. 31st, 2009 02:35 pm (UTC)
LOL!

I have to hold off on reading these this week due to a work deadline, but I needed a laugh, so I did look at the Genius Strategies. Haha, I've actually heard too many of those things; I'd just sort of nod and think, yeah, then maybe you don't really want a writer's group, and hope they'd fade away.
jongibbs
Jul. 31st, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
Glad you liked it (and I wasn't kidding about the tea through the nose thing) :)
dlgarfinkle
Jul. 31st, 2009 03:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks a lot for doing these roundups!
jongibbs
Jul. 31st, 2009 05:34 pm (UTC)
My pleasure :) Anything in particular catch your eye?
bogwitch64
Jul. 31st, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
Awww, thanks, hon! That makes me feel special.
jongibbs
Jul. 31st, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
My pleasure :)
bogwitch64
Jul. 31st, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
The Genius Strategies etc. is HILARIOUS! I sent it to every writer I know.
jongibbs
Jul. 31st, 2009 07:17 pm (UTC)
The sad thing is, I know a couple of people who already use that approach :)
bogwitch64
Jul. 31st, 2009 07:20 pm (UTC)
I saw waaaaay too many writers I know in those hilarious points.
keireland
Aug. 1st, 2009 07:09 am (UTC)
once again, your picks have been enlightening and entertaining.
Thanks for posting these lists!
jongibbs
Aug. 1st, 2009 11:06 am (UTC)
Thank you kindly :)
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