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Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week:  
The Importance of the Pitch (Nathan Bransford)  
Six Thing We Can Learn From James Patterson (Jim Thomsen)  
The last writing tips you’ll EVER need (bogwitch64) 
Bending Grammar rules in Fiction (Elsa Neal) 
Beat the Promotion Learning Curve – Before the Call (Anne Charles)  
All About Co-op (Nathan Bransford)  
Books for soldiers (by way of kellyrfineman) 
7 Things I’ve Learned So Far (Patricia Stoltey
Thoughts on Writing #42: The Very First You (Seanan McGuire aka seanan_mcguire) 
The Pitfalls of Using Self-Publishing Book Packages (Carla King) by way of Don Lafferty 
Dialogue: Just the way we talk? (Heidi Thomas) 
No contest? (Karen W. Newton aka karen_w_newton)  
10 Questions Never To Ask A Writer (Lauren B. Davis) by way of aprilhenry 


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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Apr. 2nd, 2010 03:06 pm (UTC)
10 questions not to as a writer was both funny and true. :)
Apr. 2nd, 2010 03:08 pm (UTC)
Not to mention a little depressing ;)
Apr. 2nd, 2010 04:26 pm (UTC)
That was my favorite! Funny and sad--but mostly funny.
Apr. 2nd, 2010 04:06 pm (UTC)
Hahaha, I told myself, no, I couldn't read any of these because I only have 15 minutes here, but I did read one. And now I'm laughing, so, thanks as always. Love the bogwitch64 piece. :)
Apr. 2nd, 2010 05:10 pm (UTC)
Sage advice, I thought ;)
Apr. 2nd, 2010 04:27 pm (UTC)
Another lovely lunch of reading pleasures. Thanks, Jon!
Apr. 2nd, 2010 05:10 pm (UTC)
You're welcome, Terri :)
Apr. 2nd, 2010 08:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks again, Jon!
I really appreciate the link to my guest post on Chuck Sambuchino's Guide to Literary Agents Editor's Blog. Thanks...Patricia
Apr. 2nd, 2010 10:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Thanks again, Jon!
My pleasure, Patricia :)
Apr. 2nd, 2010 09:15 pm (UTC)
I didn't read all of them. Some don't pertain to what I write or I'm not quite ready for that part of being an author. I liked all but one that I picked to read. That one was "7 Things I've Learned So Far".

Literary agents are like any other professional. The client has to find one that he/she clicks with. It's the same when trying to find a doctor, dentist, or even a church to attend.
Apr. 2nd, 2010 10:40 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you liked that one :)
Apr. 3rd, 2010 12:29 am (UTC)
I'm glad I read the "Patterson" and then the "10 Questions to never ask a writer" because I could go from depressing to funny instead of the other way around. Where does the author get the idea that Patterson is all about the craft? He's a plot machine. None of the writers I know equate plot with craft.

What I have learned from Patterson: start with sex and violence, build a name, then write other stuff and stick your name on them, too. Thus endth the lesson. And I'm not being sarcastic, either. I started taking that advice and am writing three books right now and two are chuck full of both.

Mario Puzo wrote "Godfather" because he was tired of being a poor literary writer. It really can work.
Apr. 3rd, 2010 02:45 pm (UTC)
I don't know, plots have to be well-crafted or else the story suffers, don't you think?

Good luck with those three WIPs :)
Apr. 3rd, 2010 11:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks, and, well, yes, a plot has to be crafted, but writers I know also consider the re-writing of a novel, including word choice, editing, adding description, all about the craft.

If I had to make a divide between art and craft, I'd say the art is the inspiration and the craft consists of the conscious decisions we make to improve it and help the reader understand the vision.

Patterson seems to be setting up an assembly line method of writing, and I don't think that's something we want to encourage in big name writers unless we want to end up working for them.
Apr. 4th, 2010 09:20 am (UTC)
it's certainly not something I'd want to do myself. I wonder what his writers get out of the deal.
Apr. 3rd, 2010 02:21 am (UTC)
As always I love you on Fridays. I guess other days too, but mostly on Fridays because you serve up great posts. ;) Not sure I have a favorite. I liked all that I read, and I read most.
Apr. 3rd, 2010 02:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Tracy :)
Apr. 5th, 2010 02:11 am (UTC)
I love the 10 Questions to Never Ask a Writer. I've been asked a question several times now, "Are you going to be the next Stephenie Meyer?" I start twitching just thinking about it. Ugh.
Apr. 5th, 2010 10:50 am (UTC)
Very occasionaly, I feel the person asking that sort of question is being a smart-alec, but most times, I think folks are taking a polite interest, but don't quite know what to ask.
Apr. 6th, 2010 12:53 am (UTC)
I agree. When I say I write fantasy, Twilight is the only current bestseller that comes to mind for a lot of people. It's not like they are trying to be insulting. I just laugh and shrug it off and try not to let the cringing show.
Apr. 6th, 2010 12:06 am (UTC)
Good collection thanks.
Though I disagree with Lauren B Davis on her 10 things never to ask a writer. Explaining to people what you are writing is a necessary evil and can help. I used to hate doing it myself, and still find it an uncomfortable experience at times, but it may help to hone a blurb or elevator pitch in the long term. It may make the questioner feel as if they've played a small part in the creative process, or have established some kind of link, to the extent that they actually BUY THE BOOK when it comes out. Which would be good.
Apr. 6th, 2010 10:13 am (UTC)
That's a good point, Paul. I think out of all ten questions, only #9 How big an advance did you get? Is inappropriate. The discomfort in being asked the other nine is purely subject.

Still, I thought it was an interesting blog post.

Thanks for sharing :)
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