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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

You all have most *definitely* experienced some awful dinners--keep those comments coming and YOU could win an ARC of Beautiful Darkness!

Today, I come bearing links--and some cool news:

Genreality on the dreaded blank page -- "Sometimes when I sit at the computer, confronted with a blank screen, my mind goes blank. Whatever idea I had in the car on the way home from Starbucks vanishes. Or the whole scene I envisioned dwindles to two uninspired sentences. Then my heart starts to pound and my hands sweat, just like stage fright, which only makes the blankness worse, as my mind spins in panicked circles. I can’t think of anything. Why can’t I think of anything? What if I NEVER can think of anything EVER AGAIN????"

Pimp My Novel has an update on Borders' financial situation

Allison Winn Scotch on how she tries not to write the same book over and over again -- "Because now, on my fourth book, this is a huge concern of mine, and something that I am taking very strong steps to protect myself against. But at the same time, I’m also aware of the fact that quite simply, this is also who I am as a writer: I have a voice, a way of writing, a tone that is present in all of my books, and I think that readers have come to expect that from me…so I’m trying to toe this line, to figure out the balance between recreating my work and challenging myself and not, say, offering a work so different that no one recognizes the threads that tie all of my books together."

Agent and author Nathan Bransford on writing and...Keith Hernadez

Over at Writer Unboxed, an entry asking what makes you fall in love with a book?

So, what exactly is a big book? (aka High Concept) -- "If you can tell your story in one line and everyone who hears it can see exactly what the movie or book is - AND a majority of people who hear it will want to see it or read it - that’s high concept."

Author Linda Howard talks very candidly about how health problems have impacted her writing

Do you like closed or open endings?

Seems there's a e-book price war going on over in the UK
(and why is it that I can buy books and DVDs from amazon.co.uk but not books for my Kindle???)

Finally, I'm thrilled to announce the arrival of The Contemps, a collection of authors celebrating (and writing!) contemporary YA:

Celebrate realistic YA with The Contemps!


Blogger The Lovely Reader said...

Yes! The Comtemps! Are you involved with that?

August 17, 2010 11:07 AM  
Blogger Hannah S. said...

The Contemps... Ooh, I like the sound of that.
The Contemps... seriously, it has a nice ring to it!
But definitely count me in on this one!
Love, Hannah

August 18, 2010 11:31 PM  
Blogger Midnight Bloom said...

I'm definitely going to try taking part in the Contemps Challenge! It sounds like fun! :)

August 19, 2010 12:44 AM  

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