Gots a bumper crop of Writerly Goodness this week!
Writerly news from the Sudz: Wordstock returns 🙂 The Sudbury Star.
Kristen Nelson shares four negotiating tactics of good agents.
Martin Hill Ortiz presents his analysis of 50 years of bestsellers. It explains a lot about how things have changed. Very interesting. In three parts, with more to come 🙂
Brenda Hiatt shares some interesting stats in her Traditional Publisher Survey. It’s from 2013, but it’s still interesting . . .
Roz Morris explains how to transition from academic writing, business writing, or journalism to fiction.
K.M. Weiland not only explains why unnecessary scenes are bad for your readers, but she also discusses the various types of unnecessary scenes and how to identify them so you can get ‘em outta your novel.
In Katie’s Wednesday vlog, she discusses how minor characters help make for a memorable protagonist.
Stuart Horowitz discusses how to plot without using a formula on Jane Friedman’s blog.
Therese Walsh posts part four of her multitasking series on Writer Unboxed: How to meditate when you’re too busy and why it matters – with Leo Babauta.
Donald Maass guides us through the process of using change to stir the higher emotions of our readers. Writer Unboxed.
In which Chuck Wendig critiques your story (that he hasn’t read). Read this amazing feat of digital prestidigitation and see if he doesn’t manage to do it (curse you, Wendig—you’re too brilliant for me).
Why being a debut author isn’t a dream come true (see the URL title for additional perspective: nipple deep in a mudpit of despair—oh joy). Buzzfeed.
Why your brain loves good storytelling. The Harvard Business Review.
Michael Hyatt discusses the power of persistence in his podcast.
16 modern poets you should read. Brit+Co.
The history of the ampersand:
And . . . the history of the interrobang‽
10 brilliant novels that have one fatal flaw. Charlie Jane Anders for i09.
Are our heroines too perfect? i09’s Observation Deck.
Holy cow! Where did all of that come from?
Come back for more curation on Thoughty Thursday where I will feed you interesting stuff to get your big squishy (brain) generating ideas 🙂