Welcome to my weekly roundup of the best Treasures I’ve found on the blogsphere during the past week. Enjoy!
As writers and bloggers we are constantly looking for fresh ideas. Life, travel, surfing the net, television, newspapers and magazines, our children, our neighbor’s dog, all can inspire us to write. Jami Gold brings us an excellent post this week that inspired me, I hope it will you as well: Where Do You Get Your Ideas?
Today, I am dedicating this section to YA/MG Writers who have come under increasing fire over issues of language, violence, character sexual orientation, race, and a host of other concerns by a small group of vocal detractors and publicity-seeking venues. Support your YA/MG writers, they are doing fantastic work in the middle of a media minefield. Here are some of this weeks posts:
Kait Nolan hosts Stacey Benefiel on Walking the line between YA and Grown-Up.
From Kait Nolan, herself: Don’t Kill Diversity.
Cate Woods gets to the heart of the matter in It’s Just So Hard: suppressing the inner you.
From Amanda Rudd: My LGBT YA Bookshelf.
On Social Media
Social Media Master for Writers, Kristen Lamb, explores how Social Butterflies trump Worker Bees on Social Media in: Meet the Connector.
There is a right way and a wrong way to approach everything. August McLaughlin explores some of the dangers for writers in Writers’ Deadly Vices.
The fantastic Roni Loren guest posts at Writers in the Storm with White-Knuckling Your Author Platform: How to Rein in the Social Media Pressure.
On the Craft of Writing
How we view our future readers has an impact on how we write. If they were standing on our front lawns waiting to have us read our latest writings to them, how would we treat them? Would your house still be standing afterwards? Kristen Lamb addresses this subject in her continuing series: Deadly Sins of Writing #7–Treating the Reader Like a Moron.
The writer should always be in control of their own story. However, that isn’t always the case. How do we regain and maintain control when things have fallen apart? Roz Morris explores this topic in: I rewrote my novel through a critique group but I’ve lost my way.
Amy Shojai brings us some of the writing tips she learned at Thrillerfest in: Reverse, Reveal, Surprise.
Details are what brings writing to life. Jen Talty hosts P.W. Creighton (@RavenRequiem13) with an excellent post on Contrast, Details, Emotion.
Editing is essential to our writing but there are dangers involved in the process as well. Janice Hardy explores this topic in When Editing Goes Astray.
On the Writing Life
Writers are faced with a myriad of frustrations from life, family, reviews, critiques and unruly muses. Yet, can we use those annoyances to our advantage? Angela Ackerman addresses this subject in: Frustration: Your Novel’s Best Friend.
Carrie Mumford recently participated in a writing challenge and offers us the wisdom she gained on the journey in Lessons Learned from the 3-Day Novel Contest.
No writer is truly an island. Jenny Hansen offers us great tips, keys and advice on How To Build a Writing Team.
One of my newest online friends, J.M. Randolph (a.k.a. Accidental Step-mom) offers fun posts on the parenting life. The zombie house-guards are a must see: Time Out at My House.
Catie Rhodes explores the measures of beauty over the course of time in What is Beauty?
Piper Bayard’s writing partner Holmes proffers another well-researched and written spy history with Kim Philby: Who’d Have Thought? Why would someone work against their own interests?
Lynn Kelley brings us an excellent profile on writer and graphic artist Tommy Kovac. The cover art pics are well worth the look.
Ellie Soderstrom interviews the first blind feature-length film director Joe M. Monks. Joe is a great inspiration who enjoys blind sky diving, writing horror and recently won the Achievement Award at the Gasparilla International Film Festival.
Clay Morgan hosts Susie Lindau with an excellent post on Danny Elfman – From Oingo Boingo to American Composer.
That’s all for this week.