This week’s offerings:
We all “know” we’re supposed to be honest in our fiction, but what does that really mean? K.M. Weiland.
Katie features One stop for writers, by Angela Ackerman, Becca Puglisi, and Scrivener’s Lee Powell, on her personal blog. We have to wait until October 7 to sign up, though. (Hey! That’s TOMORROW!)
Then, Katie offers two warning signs that you’re starting your story too early in her Friday vlog.
Bonnie Randall is back with another great post on Janice Hardy’s Fiction University: Getting psyched out.
C.S. Lakin gives us a list of ten questions that will help check our stories for underwriting. Live, write, thrive.
Every journey starts with a first step. Every story begins with the first word. About gittin’ ‘er done. BookBaby blogs.
Cathy Yardley asks, is your story complex, or overly complicated? How to build complexity without confusing your reader. Writer Unboxed.
Nicole Winters writes about how she kicked research in the butt. Writers in the Storm.
Canadian small press Bilblioasis is doing great things (with three books on the Giller long-list). The Globe and Mail.
Now is not the time for realistic fiction, says Margaret Atwood. NPR.
Elizabeth Gilbert warns of the perils of ignoring your creative self on CBC’s Q.
Eleanor Arnason guest posts on the Women in Science Fiction blog.
Chuck Wendig asked a few cool people to write guest posts on his Terribleminds blog. First, Stina Leicht offers her thoughts on message fiction in SFF. The S.L. Huang defends escapist, blow-shit-up-hell-yeah, popcorn entertainment. Then, editor John Adamus explains why getting an independent and professional editor to review your work is so important.
Anna Lovind explains why she ditched her beautiful career in publishing. Annapurna Living.
“If you’re being rejected 90% of the time, you’re actually incredibly successful.” Dan Blank interviews Eric Wert on We Grow Media.
Check out this historical fiction: The incredible expandable book. Medieval Books.
Put these ten ultra-weird science fiction novels on your reading list. i09.
Mental Floss presents 11 unusual books stores you can visit.
Hope you found something useful. If you did, I’d love to hear from you in the comments.
Hang in until Thoughty Thursday.