Great Stuff on the Writers’ Blogs, June 4, 2012

“Great thing of us [not quite yet] forgot!” –Duke of Albany, King Lear.

Let’s hope today’s posts on the blogosphere not forgettable. To begin:

  • Rachelle Gardner’s (@RachelleGardner) post on [Her] Love/Hate Relationship with Social Media is unintentionally ironic: on the one hand she appreciates all she gets from all her social media feeds, on the other she bemoans the time suck SM can become. So far, so good. The irony how much time it would take to read all 98 (as I type this) comments the post has attracted!
  • While we’re on the topic of blog posts, Trevor Ginn (@trevorginn) tells us on ProBlogger What George Orwell Taught Me About Blogging, advice which can also apply to other forms of writing, even so-called “literary” work (see below).
  • Michelle Griep offers a clever way to deal with writer’s block on WordServeWater Cooler. She calls it Four P’s in a Pod. OK, so there are really 5 or 6 Ps. Doesn’t matter. It’s good stuff. I’ve used a process like this one myself and it works!
  • Speaking of keeping one’s sanity as a writer (We were? Oh, yes, we were.) Jael McHenry (@jaelmchenry) continues her occasional  “Flip the Script” series on Writer Unboxed with this advice: Write Some Days. Good advice for balancing the pressure to produce and the need to produce quality.
  • We’ve all heard the advice, “read like a writer.” Great. How do you do that? Dayna Lorentz (@DaynaLorentz) offers some practical advice on the how and why in 4 Reasons for Making Time to Read on the Guide to Literary Agents.
  • Becca Puglisi (@beccapuglisi) of The Bookshelf Muse writes today on Just Jemi about knowing your character’s emotional temperament. The difference between temperament and personality is something I hadn’t considered before. Good insight.
  • Jane Friedman (@JaneFriedman) points us to three essays from the Glimmer Train bulletin. Time being limited, I only read the first one on her list, by Silas Dent Zobal, is a very literary piece that works its way from deaths (of others) he has experienced to trying and failing to write about things that are difficult: “Fiction is not about what we can say, it’s about what we can’t.” This won’t be for everyone–it’s very much the kind of thing that an academic would write and Glimmer Train would publish–but it’s underlying point is to urge each of us to try to get down to the core, difficult, heart of each story.

That’s all from this end. What have you found that’s great?

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