Great Stuff on the Writers’ Blogs, December 4 & 5, 2012

A surprisingly light post today—maybe a good thing after Monday’s mega-post—or maybe I’m just being more selective. That’s not to say everything’s easy reading but there are a couple of fun pieces at the end.


I’m having a feeling of déjà vu all over again about KM Weiland’s (@KMWeiland) guest post on The Bookshelf Muse, 10 Lessons From a Completed Novel but I think that’s just because the post is a compilation of things she’s written elsewhere. In any case, while there’s nothing here that’s likely to be an epiphany for anyone, it’s nice to have a consolidated summary.

Donald Maass’s (@DonMaass) Writer Unboxed piece, Love Thy Neighbor, doesn’t seem at first like something on craft, but it is. He uses his experiences living through Superstorm Sandy in New York City to lead into the topic of finding people and places in any story who/which represent kindness and safety, for the reader if not also for the characters. Something to think about in the midst of stories full of conflict.


Dean Wesley Smith (@DeanWesleySmith) looks to the future in The New World of Publishing: How To Get Started Selling Fiction in 2013. Several warnings about this piece, including the fact that it’s fairly long:

  1. Smith, like his wife Kris Rusch and Joe Konrath, is highly opinionated and doesn’t mind sharing his opinions. If this bothers you, don’t read the piece.
  2. His own warning: you may not like what he has to say. If you don’t, that’s OK. Follow your own path. If it works, great!
  3. He might be completely wrong. Or he might not be.
  4. Whatever you choose to do, if you want to be both a professional author and a successful one, it’s going to take a lot more time than you expect, and a lot more work. You have been warned.

Rachelle Gardner (@RachelleGardner) has announced that Thomas Umstattd (@ThomasUmstattd), CEO of Author Media, will be hosting a FREE webinar covering 7 Secrets of Effective Author Websites. The date is next Tuesday, December 11th, starting at 8 PM Eastern time (no indication of how long it’ll be). If you can’t attend in real time, as I can’t, if you register anyway you’ll be able to access the recorded webinar later. For just the price of your time, this seems like it would be worth checking in to.


If you read more than a few blogs, you’ve doubtless come across some written in the UK, Ireland, or Australia. And you’ve noticed that those authors spell things differently from the way we do in the U.S. (and vice versa). Oliver Randall guest posts on The Creative Penn about the Most Common British/American English Spelling Mistakes. “Mistakes” may not be exactly correct—differences would be more like it, unless you’re using the “wrong” forms for a particular market—but don’t let that distract you. The piece is just fun… and only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the differences Sir Winston Churchill described as “two people separated by a common tongue”!

Then there’s Kristy Montee’s (one of the two sisters who write as PJ Parrish) hilarious yet disturbing Yes! Yes! Yes!…Oh no on The Kill Zone, celebrating (?) the year’s worst sex writing in fiction, courtesy of the Literary Review’s annual Bad Sex in Fiction Awards. Two more warnings: (1) You “get” to read some of the “winners.” (2) This material is rated both X and Y—as in X and Y chromosomes and as in, “Why did this stuff ever see print?” Definitely not so-bad-it’s-good but so bad it’ll leave you laughing—when you’re not scratching your… head.

I’m sure there’s more great stuff out there on the blogosphere. Tell us what you liked in the Comments below.


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