Great Stuff on the Writers’ Blogs, July 5, 2012

Funny how a 90 minute phone call and a trip to the grocery store can blow up a day’s schedule. But there’ still time to find some great, or good, or useful, thought-provoking things on the blogosphere. To wit:

  • Let’s start with useful, especially if you’re on Twitter. Jordan Dane (@JordanDane) provides a very handy list of Essential Twitter Hashtags for authors and others on The Kill Zone. At the end of the post she also provides a link to something called LinkyTool, which is supposed to help other Twitterers follow you. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get it to work.
  • Juliet Marillier writes about The Curse of the Middle Book on Writer Unboxed. While she writes fantasy, her suggestions to look at structure, characters, and tension to make the second book in a series strong enough to carry readers (and your publisher!) into the third should apply to any kind of series fiction.
  • The title to Dr. John Yeoman’s (@Yeomanis) post on The Bookshelf Muse, Want to Writer a Best Seller? Change Your Mind! might make you think he’s telling you to forget it. At least, that’s what I thought he was going to say. Not so–so I had to change my mind. Substitute “perceptions” for “mind” and you’ll have it.
  • And finally, Mike Duran (@CerebralGrump–that should tell you something) asks How Hard Should We Make Our Readers Work? on Rachelle Gardner’s (@RachelleGardner) blog. All I’ll say is that obscure fiction is not good fiction. Read the piece and make your own conclusions.

 

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