Woohoo! Gotz a crap tonne of Writerly Goodness for you this week! When I get excited, I get profane 😛
Sudbury’s literary festival, Wordstock, is maturing 😉 The Northern Life.
The Aurora Awards (think Canadian Hugos) nominees have been announced.
Controversial writing post of the week: For me, traditional publishing means poverty. But self-publish? No way. Ros Barber for The Guardian. I should have known when Kathy Owen tagged Kristen Lamb, asked her to read the article and respond to it in a blog post, that this was going to raise a few eyebrows (and a few hackles).
I posted it because I wanted to engage people in thoughtful, engaged conversation (which I’m happy to say it did). I share posts and articles for writers on traditional and self-publishing sides of the creative divide. I’ve made my decision after a lot of consideration. Please do me the courtesy of respecting that position. And hella yeah, you know I’ll respect yours.
- Here, for balance, is Kristen’s response: real writers don’t self-publish.
- Also, a kind reader pointed me to this response by Paul St. John Mackintosh: an open letter to Ros Barber (less balanced, perhaps, but worth a read). Teleread.
K.M. Weiland discusses how to know when to write ‘the end.’ Helping writers become authors. Later, she wonders, are you telling the right story? On her author site, Katie urges us to make war, not love, because creativity is an act of defiance.
C.S. Lakin explores the action-reaction cycle in novel scenes. Live, write, thrive. Later, she shows us how to construct scenes using a variety of camera shots.
Catherine McKenzie endures publishing exhaustion on Writer Unboxed.
Jo Eberhardt asks, are you a writer or a storyteller? Admittedly, it’s not such a polarizing question as planner vs. pantser, or literary vs. genre, but in recognizing the spectrum of this apparent dichotomy, could we not find our way to a more balanced view of the more fraught debates? Food for thought. Writer Unboxed.
Tracy Hahn-Burkett wonders whether to TK or not to TK? Writer Unboxed. I did this with my most recent NaNo project. Nothing I left out was critical to the story. It’s all pure research.
Emotional wounds thesaurus entry: being raised by overprotective parents. Becca Puglisi. Writers helping writers.
David Mesick explores creating distinct and grounded anti-heroes. Mythcreants.
Jami Gold (with Angela Quarles) weighs in about writer truth: we’re making it up as we go. I’ve recently said this to a writer friend, and as I mentioned in last Saturday’s update, my process is in continual evolution. We try things out, decide what works (for us) and what needs to be set aside. It can be tough when you learn from established/well known authors. My advice? Do you have to tell them it didn’t work for you? Really? 😉
Angela Quarles guest posts on Fiction University about harnessing your day.
Kathryn Craft offers five tips to sustain you in the query trenches. Writers in the Storm.
Martina Boone helps us decode rejections to identify plotting issues. This only works, of course, if the agent gives you more than a form rejection. Adventures in YA Publishing.
Steven Pressfield advises to analyze your novel like a dream.
Joanna Penn interviews Mark Lefebvre of Kobo Writing Life about how to sell more books. The Creative Penn.
Jane Friedman updates her How to Start Blogging Guide.
Katherine Garcia decries four lies we have to stop telling writers, artists, and other creatives. Everyday Feminism.
I’ve posted this before to great controversy. None of us like change, but we can’t prevent it from happening by ignoring it, especially when there are very good reasons for it. Why you should never, ever use two spaces after a period. Farhad Manjoo for Slate.
Orna Ross says creatives and creativists cultivate independence.
Linda Wasmer Andrews reveals recent research that supports how walking can make you a better writer. Psychology Today.
Five writing retreats to jump start your creativity. The Globe and Mail.
Ursula K. LeGuin on racism, anarchy, and hearing her characters speak. Literary Hub.
Virginia Woolf, the woman who remade the novel. The Independent.
Sarah Hughes examines our enduring fascination with the Brontës. The Guardian.
From alright to zap: an A to Z of deplorable words. Not really. Read ‘em and weep twitch, word nerds. The Guardian.
And this is just fun: Librarian Rhapsody.
Radio Times collects eleven of the best moments from the new Doctor Who.
How Outlander is taking the art of love (and war) to Paris in season two. TV Insider. I can’t believe the wait is almost over! This weekend: droughtlander ENDS!
And this movie looks interesting for the fairy tale set: Tale of Tales. Vanity Fair.
And that should keep you reading through to next week (!) I hope you have a lovely one.