Great Stuff on the Writers’ Blogs, July 6, 2012

Just a few items to liven up your Friday. We’ll start with a couple articles on writing, then add one on social media, Twitter in particular.

  • Yesterday I grumped about Mike Duran’s (@CerebralGrump) piece on making writers work for their reading pleasure. Today, Joy Castro (@_joycastro) describes her journey From the Ivory Tower to the Gritty Gutter, that is, from a Ph.D. in creative writing to writing a thriller, and how the two are not necessarily contradictory but can be complementary. She found a way to insert the “small, poignant epiphanies” she so loves within a tough, track-down-the-sex-criminals-and-put-’em-away novel, without resorting to literary navel-gazing. Waddayaknow? A middle ground between “literary” and “genre” fiction. Whodathunkit?
  • Jane Friedman (@JaneFriedman) may be stepping back from giving advice on her blog, but that hasn’t stopped her from finding and sharing what others are saying. Today she offers, among other things, Danielle Lazarin’s (@d_lazarin) Becoming a Mapbuilder, which actually is posted on Glimmer Train’s web site. The piece revolves around advice she got from writer Dan Chaon that “There’s a very specific world that only you can write about, a map that only you can make.” Fill in that map to make your story uniquely yours.
  • Stepping from the sublime (?) to the practical, Leo Widrich (@leowid) guest posts on Michael Hyatt’s (@MichaelHyatt) blog to introduce us to 4 Ways to Turn Twitter.com into Your Social Media Powerhouse. Three of the tools–Pocket, Buffer (which he co-founded), and Embedly–are mentioned as extensions for Google Chrome but they also are available for Firefox. The fourth is Klout. Take a look to see if any of these would be useful for you.
Have a great weekend. “See” you tomorrow.
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