I wanted to put up a couple of posts here that really resonated today.
On the subject of your discouragement
Which lead to the second:
The writer and depression
Now I’m not discouraged. I haven’t been writing because, well, reasons (life, struggles, headspace, nothing I wish to go into right now.) but I wanted to keep and share these.
K.M. Weiland asked me if I would be willing to read an ARC of her new book ‘Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story’ ahead of the August 25th release date and give some feedback and/or review it.
I really enjoyed her other book, ‘Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success’ (It’s becoming painfully obvious that I’m more of a planner than a pantser) so I was thrilled and happy to agree.
Keep an eye on the site for some thoughts about the book. I’ve casually flipped through it already and I like what I see so far. I intend to give it a serious read on my vacation two weeks from now (AFTER I catch up on all the Writing Group reading I’ve been letting slide).
K.M. Weiland is the host of the Wordplay podcast, and her website ‘Wordplay: Helping Writers Become Authors’ is here.
I’m feeling lazy and slightly sleep deprived this Friday morning, so I thought I’d serve up a post filled with neat links I’ve found around the ol’ net. They are writing related of course.
I hope you enjoy,
To the interwebs!
Especially when we’re talking NOTW…
From Sinfest webcomics
I’m sorry Mr Scalzi…I’m stealing a second enty in a row from you because you are just that awesome! I hope you forgive me.
The original post is here. You may as well bookmark John Scalzi’s blog (it’s in the blog roll here) because you NEED his awesomeness in your day.
Read this incredible cover letter! How could this fail?
Stolen from Whatever (thank you Mr Scalzi!) but completely worth reposting here.
Author explodes in comments to a bad review.
Ms Jacqueline Howett (should that be Howl-et?) certainly melts down in a spectacular manner in the comments.
John Scalzi holds it up as a lesson in what NOT to do as an author and I KNOW that Mur Laferty’s rule of “don’t be a jerk” comes into play here.
Lesson learned. I promise not to read reviews of my work should any come out (well not really…but I won’t explode when they are bad.)
Big Al follows up his review with a blog post about negative reviews which is also worth a read.
Hi! Just quickly adding a note that I’ll be adding a few new links to the blog roll thanks to John Scalzi’s absence yesterday.
First up, we have Charles Stross’ blog. I thoroughly enjoyed his 2007 Novel “Halting State” and I’m definitely enjoying his views on the world, books and writing.
Next we have New York Times’ Bestselling author Patrick Rothfuss’s blog. I’ve been recommended “The Name of the Wind” by dozens of people, a myriad of online postings and even a few webcomics. I’ve resolved to pick it up in the near future, in the meantime I find him down to earth and pleasant to read, so I intend on being a regular reader of the site.
Another link which grabbed me is Sam Sykes’ blog. The interesting thing (to me) is that I am completely unfamiliar with Sam Sykes’ work, I have no specific recommendations on his books from anyone I know. I browsed the blog for the heck of it, on a whim. This post sold me. It covered some issues I have with the popular advice “write what you know”. I fully intend to go over these issues in a future post, meanwhile Sykes’ words on the subject are quite interesting.
Finally, there’s Inkpunks. The only writer on the site I’m familiar with is Erika Holt, whom I’ve heard interviewed. I don’t usually browse multi-writer sites much. I can’t really give you a good reason why, but this one is making a good first impression and it captivated me enough to make me browse through the archives a bit. There’s good advice there on the business of writing.
Enjoy the links! Comment! Suggest some of your own!
An truly excellent speech from the inimitable John Cleese on creativity. I got a lot of inspiration out of it, I hope you do as well.