Great Stuff on the Writers’ Blogs, July 15, 2012

Surprisingly busy Sunday, so let’s get right to it, shall we? We’ll go from the inside of the book to the outside, and beyond–but not quite, as Buzz Lightyear would have said, “To infinity–and beyond!” 😉

  • Starting between the (book) covers, James Scott Bell (@jamesscottbell) offers Writing Advice from John Steinbeck on The Kill Zone, and comments on same. (Hmm, maybe my writers’ group members will listen to Steinbeck’s advice to read work aloud; I don’t have the street cred, apparently.)
  • In a closely related vein, K. M. Weiland (@KMWeiland) lists 10 Questions Your Readers Shouldn’t Have to Ask on WORDplay. It’s a good list although I would have liked her caveat against info-dumping to come earlier, as answers to at least these two questions–what does the character look like, what is the narrator’s relation to the other characters–are vulnerable to the info-dump.
  • Stepping outside the covers now, Joel Friedlander (@jfbookman) shows the book covers submitted for his June e-Book Cover Design Awards contest on The Book Designer. This isn’t just a contest. Joel also critiques the covers, and if he’s not pleased with a cover, he’ll say so and say why. Worth studying.
  • Finally, we’ll step away from the book entirely and into the writer’s workspace. This topic feels to me like it ought to be on Pinterest, but, hey, it’s just for fun. Besides, now that Harvey Stanbrough’s (@hstanbrough) A Space of One’s Own on Writing the World is the third posting on the topic in the last two weeks or so, maybe there’s something going on. While Harvey’s piece is text-only, Kathryn Lilley (@kathrynelilley) hosted the previous two (first one here, second one here), complete with pix. (Note: beware the green-eyed monster!)

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!