Great Stuff on the Writers’ Blogs, May 28, 2012

Here’s the really stand-out stuff from over the weekend, with the bar set extra high to keep this post’s length reasonable:

  • Today is Memorial Day in the United States, the day we remember and honor (or so we claim, between professional sports extravaganzas, beer, and picnics) the men and women who have risked and lost their lives or limbs or health or sanity for the rest of us. I feel an essay coming on, but this post isn’t the place for it. Instead, for now, I’ll point you to James Scott Bell’s (@jamesscottbell) Please Remember on The Kill Zone and Rachelle Gardner’s (@RachelleGardner) Memorial Day.
  • Rosanne Bane (@RosanneBane) asks Do Your Word Counts Measure Up? on Write to Done, but the post is really about when to be concerned about things like a daily word-production goal and when not to. I would pick one nit with her and note that when you’re revising (part of her Stage 5, when she counts words/day), the standard ought to change, because there’s a big difference between creating new words and revising those already written. What does a word count mean during revision?
  • I was at a writer’s conference this weekend (the Pima Writer’s Workshop in Tucson) and of course one of the presenters discussed shameless eavesdropping as a way to develop an ear for written dialog. Well, Gabriela Pereira (@DIYMFA) proposes an inverse to that (originally from David Mamet) in Prompt: The Opposite of Eavesdropping on DIY MFA. I like it!
  • Starting tomorrow (Tuesday) Gabriela and Becca (is that Becca Puglisi from The Bookshelf Muse???) will start a 3-part series of “Top 10” resources for writers on DIY MFA: web sites (Tuesday), Twitter feeds (Wednesday), books (Thursday), all leading to a “blog party” starting Friday.

That’s all for today. What have you found that’s great?


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