Welcome to my weekly roundup of the best Treasures I’ve found on the blogsphere during the past week. Enjoy!
Read all the rules? Studied them? Think you’ve mastered it all and still banging your head on your computer screen? James Killick wins my unofficial “Post of the Week Award” for his liberating article on the: Five Things the Writing Experts Won’t Tell You.
A big Kudo’s this week for Mary Jo Gibson of ThisWriteLife who has an article featured on The Borgia’s Wiki (Showtime Series). You can also view her article directly at: Lucrezia Borgia: A Strand of Hair Through History.
On Publishing and Social Media
Bob Mayer takes a good look at how Fear is the Downfall of Publishing. Also from Bob this week an excellent analysis of the current status of the publishing industry: The three-headed Hydra of Publishing that’s consuming itself.
Elizabeth S. Craig brings us a wonderful piece full of time saving ideas for busy writers in Juggling Social Media and Writing.
Not everyone on Twitter is comfortable, well, Tweeting. Dr. Twuth takes on this sensitive subject in: Conquering the Fear of Public Tweeting.
While Newspapers aren’t what we normally think of when considering social media there were two great articles on them that I’d like to share. The first is a featured post by Rolf Dobelli on Manon Eileen’s blog titled Why We Should Stay Away from News. The second is a more humorous look brought to us by Kathy Owen (@kbowenwriter) titled Target Audiences.
On the Craft
One way to deepen our craft is to delve into a published work and mine it for gems of wisdom. Larry Brooks (Story Engineering) continues his Deconstruction of “Bait and Switch”: Concept and Voice.
Staying on the subject of Voice, Kait Nolan hosted author Kendra Highley this week with a great post on Finding YA Voice.
Shifting back to the topic of book deconstruction, Lisa Gail Green brings us an alternate point of view with Read Like A Writer.
Jeannie Campbell, The Character Therapist, brings us an interesting question that gives insight to our characters in What Your Character’s Favorite Fairy Tale Says About Them.
Writers In The Storm have an ongoing debate on the subject of plotters versus pantsers that is both fun and informative to read. Here are two posts from the series to get you started. The first, from Laura Drake: Linear Writing vs. the Scattergun Approach – Which Are You? The second, from Jenny Hansen: Non-Linear Writing – Focus On Your Story’s DNA.
The Writers Life
Spam. No, not the pseudo-food but the stuff that collects in every bloggers grease trap. Is it useful? Jami Gold explores this topic in What Can Writers Learn From Spam? Clay Morgan brings us a somewhat different and humorous look at this subject in Attack of the Spam.
Write It Sideways brings us an excellent guest post by Jeff Goins on how to Become a Better Writer by Practicing Gratitude.
There were two great articles this week with advice and information on how to format your books for e-versions and from “e” to print. The first, from Roz Morris: How to prepare your Kindle text for a print edition – Part 1: book size and typeface. The second, from Kait Nolan: More on the Formatting Debate (she includes links to instructions for both Kindle and Nook; did I mention she is on tour for her new release, “Red“?)
Fun and Interesting Posts
Mary Jo Gibson did a fantastic article on the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio that is well worth the look.
Two Releases are catching my eye this week. The first is the Talent Chronicles by Susan Bischoff (my teen daughters are enjoying this book) and the second is My Memories of a Future Life, Episode 2: Rachmaninov and Ruin by Roz Morris (which I am enjoying immensely). I highly recommend both of these books.
Kate Wood brings us a wonderfully researched article: Allow Me To Introduce: The Druids.
That’s all for this week.