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Monday, April 12, 2010

Normally I'm not super excited about Mondays but this week I am because it means I'm only two days away from heading up to NYC to read from The Unwritten Rule at the Jefferson Market branch of the NYPL with loads of other great authors--so if you're in the NYC area at 6 PM on Wed, come on by and say hello!

Congrats to Kelly, who won the ARC of Will Grayson, Will Grayson for her suggested questions for my next rgz video blog (which I'm shooting today--must remember to brush hair before I do it!!)

And now on to the links:

Great post from NYT best-seller Allison Winn Scotch on how she writes -- "Because, you see, I don’t actually write all that quickly. I think it just seems that way from the outside view. What I do instead is sort of what a bricklayer does when building a house: I lay down each level, brick by brick, until I can step back and say, “Wow, I actually constructed something pretty sizable here.”"

Presenting Lenore on Book Bloggers Behaving Badly -- at over 140 comments, this post definitely generated some talk!

Elizabeth Bear on the romaticization of writing -- For me, this rings so true: "But I do find that writing is hard work, and the more I know about it the harder it gets. One reason for this, of course, is that in every other line of creative endeavor, when one finds a solution to a prickly problem, one has that solution in one's tool box for the future. But in narrative, every time the problem arises, you have to try to come up with a new and trickier solution."

Marie Brennan on writer's block -- "I think "writer's block" is possibly the single most unhelpful idea in the world of writing.

Some people say they don't believe in writer's block. Me, I believe in writer's blockS. In other words, there are many different causes that can produce the effect of Not Writing -- and they each have their own particularized solution.


John Scalzi is not a fan of electronic ARCs -- What I like best about this entry is how he points out that, hey, guess what? Not everyone wants to read a full-length book on their computer or even has an e-reader, despite what the Internet might have you think.

Thought-provoking post--Is a love interest a must in YA?

Editorial Anonymous follows up on the Rejectionst's post about having an MFA in writing--"Have you been Highly Educated in writing? That's wonderful. You've spent years thinking about what makes writing good, and practicing those skills, and caring, and god knows we need more of that. The slush pile blesses your heart.

However, what MFA programs tend to instill in writers is an appreciation for their fellow writers as sole audience, because through all that workshopping, your fellow writers are your sole audience.

Guess what? If you want to be published, writers are not your audience."


Jim Hines on negative reviews --"However, there’s no such thing as a book that appeals to everyone. If you expect absolutely everyone to love your writing, you’re gonna be mighty disappointed...The fact that more reviews are cropping up for my books, and that these reviews are a mix of both positive and negative, suggests to me that I’m reaching that outer circle. New readers are picking up my stuff and giving it a try, and that is a very good thing."

This is an older blog post, but very much worth reading if you're looking for an agent: author Sarah Ockler on Don't Settle

Finally, help out PA libraries--and see all the notes I make before readings by bidding on my very-marked up copy of The Unwritten Rule here: http://bit.ly/d93Z7X