I can barely contain myself! This week’s Writerly Goodness is so . . . GOOD.
So, first Lorraine Devon Wilke publishes this article in The Huffington Post: Dear self-published author, do not write four books a year.
Then all this happened:
Larry Correia dissected and lampooned the article.
Chuck Wendig responded with, Dear any-kind-of-published author: write as much as you want.
And even John Scalzi felt compelled to post, how many books you should write in a year.
</Rant on>It all comes down to the individual. Write as much, or as little, as you want/need to. It was an interesting controversy, however, and worth the read. Wendig mentions the Stephen King article I shared a few weeks ago along with a few others on the topic. Never lose sight of your goals and don’t let stuff like this distract you. Read it and take what you need from it. The rest is noise. Interesting noise, but noise, nonetheless. </Rant off>
K.M. Weiland shares eight paragraph mistakes you may not know you’re making. These are good 🙂
How the poor choice of your character’s goal can kill your novel. Katie’s Friday vlog. Yes, she changed her schedule, like, a month ago, and I’m just getting used to it now . . . Make of that what you will.
Jane Friedman gets back to basics: writing the synopsis.
Bonnie Randall posts on Janice Hardy’s Fiction University about rejection and how to deal with it. I love this, because it’s basically my take on the experience.
Our fractured days: Steven Pressfield offers advice about staying on schedule when life (or other things) happens.
Gwen Hernandez joins Writer Unboxed with this post: Nine (or more) things I love about Scrivener.
Kameron Hurley asks what will you sacrifice and offers a review of The Traitor Baru Cormorant.
Later in the week, Kameron tackled cold publishing equations.
Porter Anderson weighs in on the latest Authors Earnings Report.
Mira Jacob writes about her experience with diversity (or lack thereof) in American publishing for Buzzfeed.
Usually, VSauce would appear on the Thoughty Thursday roundup, but this week, Michael was talking about language, linguistics, and math. IT’S AWESOME!
And the poetry of The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows is back. Here are two lovely entires:
This is part of why I stopped at getting my MA (and still, in many ways regret going that far). The shit graduate studies asks you to vomit out in the name of “higher” education. Tickld.
Ursula K. Le Guin speaks to myth, modernism, and why she’s suspicious of the MFA. Salon.
Margaret Atwood waxes political and literary on the topic of our (un)freedom. The Guardian.
Aja Romano of the Daily Dot presents “dreadpunk” as a new subgenre. It seems like good ole Gothic to me. Do we really have to redefine these things? What do you think?
Electric Lit shares this poster about yoga for writers.
Buzzfeed presents 21 signs that prove booksellers are clever 🙂
Dogs and books! Two of my favourite things together! The cute! Bustle.
Eeee! Wasn’t this a tasty week? Yes. I equate writing craft and book porn to consumables 🙂 Nom. Nom. Nom.
See you Thursday!