Here’s a curated list of interesting links from my RSS feeds of bloggers who write about writing. Some of the posts might even be interesting for social media types, I’ve put *** next to each of these so you can find them easily. I’ve shared some of these recently on my Twitter feed but I thought they were worth repeating. Add you own in the comments…
1. How Routines Save (and Ruin) Your Writing by @KMWeiland
“Can you name one thing that could harm your writing if you do it—and if you don’t? Writing “routines” might not be the first answer to pop to mind. But nothing affects our writing more than the routine (or lack of one) with which we implement our writing into our day. Unfortunately, if we don’t approach routines with just the right mindset, they can cause more harm than good. Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of both routines and the lack of them.”
Top piece of advice: “The less reliant we are on our physical surroundings or stimuli, the less likely we are to talk ourselves out of writing when everything’s not just how we like it”
*** 2. Is It Easier to Share with Strangers Than With Friends? from The Artist’s Road
“In our social media age, even the terms “stranger” and “friend” can be confusing. I consider some people I know on Twitter “friends” even though we have never met, and others I’ve crossed paths with in person “strangers.” For this post, however, I’m going to consider a “friend” someone I’ve repeatedly spent time with in person on a social basis during changes in our lives.
My problem? Recently, I was able to share an emotionally painful creative work with strangers, but held back with my friends.”
3. The secret to writing by Chuck Wendig
“I get asked that, sometimes. Over e-mail. In person. By invisible leprechauns.
“What’s the secret to writing?” Or, even better, “What’s your secret?”
My secret is long-kept. It’s a brash, brassy alchemical recipe that, frankly, most writers simply cannot replicate. Its hoary, frothy reagents are direly specific, pointing the way toward forgotten and forbidden penmonkey magicks-with-a-k-and-made-plural. And yet, I’ve been sitting on this too long. This dread sorcery is burning holes in my tighty-whities. It is both chafing and chapping my nether-cheeks. It sometimes squirms as if I’ve underpants full of eels. Electric, bitey eels.”
4. Creating a Book Series: Great Idea or Think Again? by Fiona Ingram
“Developing a book series is both rewarding and taxing for the author. It is not an exact science and neither is it a guaranteed road to writing success. Many authors might think, Aha! Captive audience. They’ll just keep coming back for more. In fact, many agents and publishers advise against it. However, when either the story or the characters take over, sometimes a writer has no choice.”
Top piece of advice: “There has to be a perfect marriage between plot and characters to sustain the strength of a series.”
“Inspiration hits. The light bulb goes on. You’ve got a passion, and you pursue it. You see a need, and you fill it. There’s a question, and you answer it. You have a purpose, and you fulfill it.
These are all great reasons to begin writing a nonfiction book. And most writers, when struck by a good idea and the desire to write, simply begin writing. However, an even better reason exists to take a bit of time before you beginning writing to evaluate your idea—at least if you want your book to be successful.”
Top piece of advice: “Figure out why someone would want to read your book rather than someone else’s book on the same topic”