Anne R. Allen explores the good and bad of critique groups.
What’s the most important relationship in your story? K.M. Weiland explores how focusing on this aspect of your story could improve it.
Then Katie continued her blog tour on Janice Hardy’s Fiction University, on finding your character’s breaking point.
And then she continued the tour on Procrastiwriter with, What Jane Eyre can teach us about mind-blowing heroines.
Opening lines (and scenes) are some of the most difficult to write. K.M. Weiland has some suggestions for you in her post about Most Common Writing Mistakes: Boring opening lines. Podcast link included.
SF author Veronica Sicoe writes about opening line madness. See, everyone struggles.
MJ Bush guests on Writers Helping Writers (Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi) on the problem of overly self-aware protagonists.
Then she posted about inner conflict on WritingGeekery.
Casting your novel may seem like frivolous fun, but Fantasy Faction offers five ways it can help improve your story.
Stuck on a scene? Janice Hardy gamifies the work of sorting through scene outcomes on Fiction University.
QueryQuagmire (on Tumblr) offers ten things writers should keep in mind before diving into revisions.
Porter Anderson shares Hugh Howey’s ten counterintuitive tips for self-publishers on Publishing Perspectives.
The Canada Council has denied operational funding to On Spec. Susan MacGregor, On Spec editor and author, explains the situation and offers some options to help. On Spec is a Canadian institution in speculative fiction, and the quality of their fiction, editing, and production, is excellent.
I know this first hand. My SF short story “Downtime” will be appearing in the fall 2014 issue, and Barb Galler-Smith, the editor with whom I worked, was very professional. That the magazine is excellent is not just my opinion, though. On Spec is an award nominated, and award winning publication.
Their Patreon account has now been set up. Go to the On Spec web site for more information.
Forgotten Dr. Seuss stories and other news from Poets & Writers.
Mashable offers up their list of 22 summer reads.
Billy Collins shares two dog poems in this brief TED talk.
Wow! That’s a lot of Writerly Goodness.