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Monday, February 04, 2008

Where the heck did last week go? One minute, it's Monday and now...it's Monday. Again. Go figure!

I've somehow managed to catch a cold, but don't worry, I'm taking care of it. Watching I, Claudius cures almost anything. (And for those of you who can read without blinding sinus pain making you clutch your head and go "OW!!", and if you haven't read the books that inspired the miniseries, please do yourself a favor and go read I, Claudius right now. Seriously. Right now!*)

In other news, I've gotten a bunch of emails asking me about writing, and well--here's the thing. I've had one book published, and, you know, I still have a lot more to learn myself. A LOT. So, while I do have my opinions--and here they are: 1. read as much as you can. 2. write as much as you can, and realize that most of writing is rewriting -- let me share some links I've shared before that I think offer a lot of great information about writing:

Holly Black's writing resources

Justine Larbalestier's blog is an excellent source of information about the writing process. Check out her Categories links, on the lower right hand side of the page, for links to dozens of great entries about Writing & Publishing. And whatever you do, please check out her post on How to Rewrite--it's the best one I've ever seen on the subject.

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.

Finally, Stalled Careers, Writer's Block, and Monsters Under the Bed by Melisa Michaels, an essay that 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.

In addition, I've linked to dozens of articles/blog entries about writing, agenting, and publishing since I've started this blog, and all of them offer interesting and enlightening insights into the world of writing. Someday I'll try and pull them into one big list, but for now, me and my sixteen million pound head are going to watch more I, Claudius.

*I've only read the second book, Claudius the God, once, but the first--oh man. LOVE.


Blogger Kat said...

I hope that you feel better soon, being sick sucks.

February 04, 2008 11:37 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth Scott said...

Thank you!!

February 05, 2008 11:08 AM  
Blogger softindierocker said...

I hope you're feeling better! :D

February 06, 2008 7:05 PM  

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