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Monday, August 07, 2006

Car update: fixed!

I suppose everyone has heard the latest on Floyd Landis. I'll admit that even though I figured the second test would come back positive, part of me hoped it wouldn't. I saw the comeback stage that resulted in the positive drug test live, and thought it was amazing, a real testament to Landis' willpower and to the astonishing feats athletes can achieve. Now I look back on it and feel...not cheated, but sad. Sad that what I thought was something done through skill and willpower looks like it wasn't.

In other news, I got a really nice email over the weekend asking why I don't discuss what I'm writing now here. It's a great question, especially because so many writers talk about their writing openly (one of the most interesting writing-centric journals out there is Elizabeth Bear's--she not only lists her (usually) daily word count, but discusses problems she runs into along the way and talks about her writing process extensively.)

As for me, I don't talk about my current writing projects because I'm really superstitious about them, to the point where I can't even tell friends what I'm working on until I've written most of a draft. However, when I have news about cover art, release dates, or anything else, I'll be sure to mention that! Plus I can definitely pass on some of my favorite writing links.

Here are four links I often turned to when I first started really thinking about writing in terms of publication:

Holly Black's Writing Resources Page -- I wish I could remember who first led me to this site, because I owe them a huge thank you! It's full of fabulous information that covers just about everything you'd ever want to know about writing. Plus the page itself is beautifully laid out and fast-loading. (I don't know about you, but waiting forever for a page to load? Not my thing.)

Melisa Michaels' Stalled Careers, Writer's Block, and Monsters Under the Bed -- In this case, I know exactly where I got this link from, and it was Holly Black's Writing Resources page. (Told you it was fabulous!) This essay deals with an aspect of writing that doesn't get discussed very often--what happens when you get published and your books don't sell? Melisa Michaels writes with candor and grace, and I think this essay should be a must-read for all writers.

John Scalzi's Even More Long-Winded (But Practical) Writing Advice -- From Scalzi's blog, Whatever, this entry is blunt, and, as the title says, very practical, though it's less about the act of writing and more about being a writer. I first read this about a month before I started writing BLOOM, and though there are some commenters who quibble with his advice, I personally found it very helpful, and reread the entry several times as I wrote the book.

Top Ten Quik-Hints -- I admit I'm not a huge fan of the title (So 'quik' it forgot the 'c'???) but this very wonderfully concise list contains great advice about writing.

I actually have the Hint list, Scalzi's blog entry, and Michaels' essay printed out, and they are probably the three pieces of writing about writing that I read most often.