Sorry to have been gone so much last week, but it was just one of those crazy things that just got crazier as the week went along!
But now--hopefully--things will be a little calmer, and besides, I have a ton of stuff to share!
First, I want to say congrats to Tammy, who won last week's contest!
And next, well, let's just say there's a ton of awesome stuff out there, and move on to the link salad!
April Henry on current pop culture references in novels wonders--do they date today's books?
So you're doing NaNoWriMo (a big WOW! if you are)--and maybe you need a little motivation. Something to really push you. Well, check this out
Every wondered what teens really want in young adult novels? Well, Publishers Weekly had an actual teen weigh in
-- My favorite part: "Another giant, oily blemish on the face of teenage literature (that was entirely intentional) is whatever urge compels writers to clumsily smash morals about fairness or honor or other cornball crap onto otherwise fine stories. Do you not think we get enough of that in our parents' and teachers' constant attempts to shove the importance of justice and integrity down our throats? We get it. I assure you, it makes no difference in our behavior at all. And we will not become ax murderers because volume 120 of Otherworld: The Generica Chronicles didn't smother us in morals that would make a Care Bear cringe.
Elizabeth Bear writes about writing novels, and how deadlines don't work for her
-- be sure to check out the comments to, especially this exchange between Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette, who have written a book together, but yet clearly write in very different ways
. Both are especially articulate about what works and what doesn't for them, and offers great insight into how writers work. There's also this gem from the comments: "you have to find the system that works for you, just as you have to learn what lies to tell yourself in order to do your best work."
I love that.
Nathan Bransford wants to know what *you* think that the publishing industry should do
to get through this grim economic period--as you can guess, lots and lots of comments on this one.
Sherwood Smith about the trouble writing a series can bring
--I admit, I'd never thought about this, but it's an interesting topic.
NYT Bestselling Author Allison Winn Scotch on what she's learned about being a best-selling author
-- honest and charming.
Sarah Monette on failure--and perfection
. If you read just one of these links, make it this one. "But my point is, if you don't fail, or don't allow yourself to fail, you don't become a better person...failing--or coming short of what you're aiming for--or just making a mistake--totally sucks. But that's not because it means you are a bad person or a stupid person or a useless person. It sucks because it hurts and it's hard and because it leaves you vulnerable. But I still have to believe it's better than the alternative. I used to have a sign taped to my monitor (before I got the sleek new flat panel) that said Perfection is death, and maybe I should find somewhere to post that again.)
Meg Cabot talks about the books she started and never finished
--vintage Meg Cabot, both fascinating and hilarious
Barbara Ferrer on what she's learned from NaNoWriMo
--just a lovely piece about finding joy in writing from one of the most honest writing bloggers out there.