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Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week: 
The Sliding Scale (M. T. Lawson aka mtlawson)
The best ass-kicking I ever got (bogwitch64)
First Refuge of the Inarticulate: Profanity as Cliché (Bart Palamaro)
I wish I’d known…] (Marie Lamba)
Patricia Highsmith on Writing (J. T. Glover aka jtglover)
Dialogue is not necessarily how we talk (Heidi Thomas)
Develop your own personal marketing team: Part one (Geri Russell)
The Road to Publication (authorwithin)
There and Back Again (bogwitch64)
Death Be Not Proud by John Donne (Kelly R. Fineman aka kellyrfineman [If poetry’s your thing, I heartily recommend Kelly’s journal]
Aswiebe’s Market List Update (cloudscudding)
Will the Real Ghost Please Rise Up (Kim Pearson)
Becoming a professional twit [some micro fiction links] (Ripley Patton aka rippatton)
Letters from the query wars… (Jennifer Jackson aka arcaedia)
Push you characters hard – please! (Kathryn Craft) 

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. 23rd, 2010 11:07 am (UTC)
Egad... I wasn't expecting that when I got back from working out. Thanks, Jon!
Apr. 23rd, 2010 11:15 am (UTC)
You're welcome, Mike, it was a great post :)
Apr. 23rd, 2010 02:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks for linking to my blog post (authorwithin)! I appreciate it. I look forward to following some of these other interesting links. =)


Edited at 2010-04-23 02:20 pm (UTC)
Apr. 23rd, 2010 03:02 pm (UTC)
My pleasure, Joan :)
Apr. 23rd, 2010 07:37 pm (UTC)
BTW, Sorry I had your LJ name wrong before. I've correct it now.
Apr. 23rd, 2010 02:31 pm (UTC)
I suppose I should try to make my posts more interesting,
and perhaps gain a devoted following that way...

but while majoring in fiction,
I pointed out to someone who was only getting the degree
in order to get into a masters program and eventually get a job
translating sanskrit
(No, I am not making that up!)
that we weren't actually learning how to write,
or even how to teach people to write,
but only how to teach people how to teach people how to write...

The thing about writing every day, you know,
is that writing about writing can easily become a more verbose way of
thinking about writing rather than actually doing it.

Sorry, I'm sounding awful.
And it's not as if I've earned this moment;
I'm in no position to say what I've just said,
and it's more the sort of thing I would say to myself
after waking from a bad dream about having a job translating sanskrit
only to discover that I'd fallen asleep at work while translating sanskrit.
Apr. 23rd, 2010 03:03 pm (UTC)
Lol, I'll have a pint of whatever mssatcy13's been drinking :)
Apr. 23rd, 2010 03:08 pm (UTC)
Black coffee.
I think I've had two pints of it.
Apr. 23rd, 2010 03:16 pm (UTC)
Hehe, that explains a lot :P
Apr. 23rd, 2010 03:57 pm (UTC)
Also, I'm in the middle of a story.
While you're the outlining type,
and I truly admire your ability to be so,
I'm the type who writes as if I were Bugs Bunny
in a Tex Avery cartoon.

And the renewal of allergy season does nothing to make my comments
all neat and pretty, either.
Apr. 23rd, 2010 06:48 pm (UTC)
Benadryl and coffee can be fun!
Apr. 23rd, 2010 07:02 pm (UTC)
benedryl is too much for me...
claritin is the strongest stuff i can handle...
seriously, benadryl gets me loopy to the extent of being
a danger to myself...
Apr. 23rd, 2010 04:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the poetry journal link. I find starting the day with a little poetry always set things right for me. I'll be looking into that one more.

"Push your characters hard" really hit home for me today. I'm beginning to think this is one of the large problems in my old novel. I'm not sure I pushed enough, with enough. I'm going back to read that one again now :) And then, do I dare think about another revision?
Apr. 23rd, 2010 05:33 pm (UTC)
I envy those who can write poetry. My poems tend to start with, "There was a young girl from...' or something similar ;)
Apr. 23rd, 2010 06:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks for this, Jon.
Apr. 23rd, 2010 06:54 pm (UTC)
Don't mention it, Kelly. You're my go-to-gal for all things poetry and Jane Austen :)
Apr. 23rd, 2010 09:45 pm (UTC)
Apr. 23rd, 2010 06:20 pm (UTC)
The ass-kicking one is a great example of why we all follow Bogwitch. And thanks for pointing out the sliding scale entry. I had missed that one.

Apr. 23rd, 2010 06:53 pm (UTC)
My pleasure :)
Apr. 23rd, 2010 07:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Karen! I just read that and got a happy little jolt. :)
Apr. 23rd, 2010 07:07 pm (UTC)
As always, Jon, a great selection. I know I say this every week, but thanks! (One musn't take good deeds for granted!)
Apr. 23rd, 2010 07:38 pm (UTC)
As always, you're most welcome, Terri :)
Apr. 24th, 2010 04:35 am (UTC)
Thanks for post
Thanks for posting these. I read Craft's entry and I have to give a cheer to her! Yes! Please write controversy and struggle. I've read books where there wasn't a plot, there wasn't a main struggle or climax. That is a big problem and avid readers will give the book hell in reviews.

Personally, I put my characters through a lot of crap and into situations that I'd imagine are unbelievable. I like stressing them out, it reveals a lot about them. When I have a character in mind, I get in their mindset, I don't necessarily know how they'll act. I hope that doesn't sound weird. It's like they have their own little persona in my mind (I think every author writes about characters that reflect some side of them) and they react accordingly. I guess I shouldn't be reluctant about posting stories in my journal, but I don't think they're very good...

I love literature, it's soul food. But literary books are always filled with conflict. I have a confession though. I haven't read How to Kill a Mocking Bird. That's a sin. I shouldn't even call myself a reader. :(

Sorry for the long post. I don't have a Blogger, so I can't comment there. I took it out on you. XP
Apr. 24th, 2010 09:47 am (UTC)
Re: Thanks for post
Hehe, no problem :)

Speaking of To Kill a Mockingbird, even if you don't get around to reading it, I recommend the movie. I think it was the first film I ever saw where the unfairness of something made me cry (I was about ten at the time, I think).
Apr. 24th, 2010 10:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Thanks for post
I even got the title wrong... that's embarrassing...

I'll look around for it. I would like to read it too though. I'm surprised I didn't in Middle School, I thought that was a pretty typical middle or highschool required reading.
Apr. 24th, 2010 05:13 am (UTC)
Thanks, Jon.
Apr. 24th, 2010 09:49 am (UTC)
You're welcome :)
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