Great Stuff on the Writers’ Blogs, May 31, 2012

Let’s see…what’s great out there today?

  • There are lots of articles and posts about finding ways to generate story ideas, most of them emphasizing fast-fast-fast. Ed Cyzewski (@edcyzewski) takes a “slow down” approach in 6 Ways to Never Run Out of Ideas on Rachelle Gardner’s (@RachelleGardner) blog.
  • Nathan Bransford (@nathanbransford) sort of follows that theme, in There’s Always More You Can Do, but when he asked his readers for their ideas, many wrote back, in essence, “work harder.” A few tried, “work smarter.”  Fewer still suggested slowing down to get more done. Says something about our culture, doesn’t it?
  • Speaking of slowing down, take 20 minutes–right now–go ahead, I’ll wait–and pop on over to Write to Done for the video of Neil Gaiman’s commencement address (@neilhimself) at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, complete with Neil’s wry British humor.
  • Kill Zone contributor Jordan Dane (@jordandane) begins a series today on what she’s learned/is learning as she becomes a self-published author. While today’s first, introductory post, An Indie Author’s Checklist – A Look Behind the Curtain of OZ, is pretty long, the series has the potential to be practical and valuable, without the anger and angst too much of the traditional vs. self-publishing conversation has degenerated into. Here’s hoping.
  • Along those same lines, since I listed DIY MFA’s (@DIYMFA) other Top 10 lists (and got a thank-you from Becca for doing so), guess I’d better include today’s Top 10 Book Picks, hadn’t I? 🙂 OK–done!
  • And finally from the blogosphere, this doesn’t happen very often, but Kristin Nelson announces (tongue-in-cheek, I’m afraid) on her Pub Rants blog, Here’s a Genre I Didn’t Think Of! OK, so it’s really a fun way of reminding us of certain basics.
  • And finally-finally, not from the blogosphere but from the PBS NewsHour last week, and not about writing but the result of writing, an interview with Stephen Greenblatt, author of the book, The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, the story of the man who found what may have been the last surviving copy of a book of poetry by the Roman writer Lucretius called “De Rerum Natura,” “On the Nature of Things,” and how that discovery spread around and changed the Western world. There’s also a second short video in which Greenblatt reads from the book.

What great stuff have you found today?