Great Stuff on the Writers’ Blogs, May 23, 2012

They’re GRRRRR… Oh, wait. Can’t use that: copyright infringement! But anyway, the posts below are.

  • Rachelle Gardner (@RachelleGardner) pulls back the publishing house curtain to answer the question What Does the Editing Process Look Like? Nothing really surprising here but great info for those who haven’t had the privilege yet.
  • After the editing comes the marketing (if not also before, in terms of platform building), and that may include advertising. Jane Friedman (@JaneFriedman) begs, Please Do Not Pay Money for an Online Ad Until You Read This. OK, maybe “begs” isn’t the right word. Warns, perhaps? Anyway, the lists are well worth the visit.
  • Nancy J. Cohen (@nancyjcohen) takes on an unusual topic for The Kill Zone in DOG: First Page Critique. She’s right on target, though: the author gets us engaged with the protagonist right away. Want to find out how? Go take a look.
  • Speaking of engaging, on WordServe Water Cooler, Sharon A. Lavy takes a quote from Sol Stein’s Stein on Writing and turns it into an interesting exercise to help not just Find Your Writing Passion but express it in a powerful and succinct way. Good stuff!
  • Back to the topics of character and engaging, K. M. Weiland (@KMWeiland) dares ( ! ) to critique Cecil B. DeMille’s classic movie, The Ten Commandments, on WORDplay. Why? How? To make this point: Don’t Betray Your Character in Your Climax. “[C]haracter is the heart of your story…no matter how big the events surrounding the protagonist” are.
  • Lori Handeland’s (@nightcreatures) wry list of 10 Writing Myths (the truths follow in parentheses) and the 10 things that make the myths irrelevant, all on the Guide To Literary Agents blog.

That’s it for the great stuff, but I want to take a minute to comment on some really-not-great stuff. A couple of the blogs I follow are written by “big name” people, neither of whom I’m going to identify beyond this: one a science fiction author whose fiction I appreciate and enjoy; the other a novelist and big, or at least loud, voice in the current self- versus traditional publishing kerfuffle. So far, so good.

BUT.

Time after time, I see the advice to keep blog posts short and on-point. Alas, these two authors seem to have missed that e-mail. Author #2’s latest massive missive clocked in at over 4,800 words. Author #1’s non-fiction latest: almost 3,400.

Sorry, I don’t have the time.

Which is a shame, because I’ll bet I could learn a lot from both of them. But there’s this little thing called respecting your reader’s time.

I hope I’m respecting yours.

Now, what great stuff did you find on the blogosphere today?

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