Friday Favorites – Writing and Publishing

Posted Feb 24 2012, 8:00 am in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

For my Friday Favorites posts, I usually try to find a balance of fun and educational posts to offer as links. This week, however, is a little heavy on the being a writer posts. There were just too many to try to narrow them down more.

Being a writer–

Trish Loye Elliott posted 10 ways you know you’re a writer over on the Wordbitches blog. It’s funny, but oh so true. A gazillion books? Check. Carry pen and paper everywhere? Check. Talk to yourself? Check. We all know these things about ourselves, but it’s funny to see them in writing.

Merry Farmer has a post on casting your characters. I’ve talked about this before, when I wrote about creating a collage as part of my discovery writing before starting my WIP. I got so much out of it that I’m actually going to go back and create come collages for the manuscript I’m in the middle of revising. After doing a healthy edit, I discovered that during one of the many revisions, I took out every description. No one knows what any of my characters look like. I think doing the collage with help.

August McLaughlin has a great post on using deadlines to increase your productivity. Even if you don’t have a contract yet, creating reasonable deadlines for yourself helps. I’ve always done it. It also helps if you have a critique partner who can give you a kick in the pants when you fall behind your goals.

Emma Burcart has a post called Don’t Poop on My Parade, and while she wrote the post about her move to Florida, I think it definitely applies to writers. People are quick to put down what we do and try to squash our dreams with a dose of reality. I hope we can all have poop-free parades 🙂

Chuck Wendig holds nothing back, as usual, as he offers 25 things he wants to say to aspiring writers. My favorite is #8. It’s so good, I think it deserves its own quote:

I’m just going to type this out a dozen times so it’s clear: finish your shit. Finish your shit. Finish your shit.Finish your shit. Finish your shit. Finish your shit! FINISH YOUR SHIT. Finish. Your. Shit. Fiiiiniiiish yooooour shiiiiit. COMPLETO EL POOPO. Vervollständigen Sie Ihre Fäkalien! Finish your shit.

Publishing —

Emmie Mears wrote an open letter to New York. She’s writing about wanting that traditional book deal, to be able to hold a bound book in her hands. I understand this dream, as I think most writers do. The publishing world is in the middle of a whirlwind of change. Publishers either have to get on board with making changes, or they will fall apart like my beloved Borders. Many companies are. As I’ve written before, I’ve accepted a 2-book deal with Kensington for ebooks. Ebooks are the here and now, not the future, but that doesn’t meant that paper books will disappear.

Kristen Lamb writes a great post about the new publishing paradigm. She too loves New York and doesn’t want Amazon to swallow everything. No one is saying that self-publishing is bad. It is a viable route to publication. But it shouldn’t be the only route.

Just for Fun–

Jennette Powell has follow-up post one one she did last week about not finishing a book. This week, she wants to know what big name book you haven’t finished. For me, the DNF (did not finish) happened most often with classics. I was an English major and there were lots of books I was supposed to read that I couldn’t. Most British lit falls in that category. I love American lit, but I started The Great Gatsby at least 3 times and never even got to the halfway point.

Last, but certainly not least, Tiffany White has a couple of great TV posts for the week. She talks about some new and returning shows.

What’s your favorite piece of writing advice? Or which show are you most looking forward to?



11 responses to “Friday Favorites – Writing and Publishing”

  1. Emmie Mears says:

    Thanks for the pingback!

    Great mashup of blog posts…I will have to check them out a bit later. 🙂

  2. robenagrant says:

    I agree with all of these posts. Great links. And I love Chuck! He’s so funny and always tells it like it is. Now I’m off to meet my self-imposed deadlines. : )

  3. Thanks for the link love, Shannyn! I am really looking forward to the return of Psych this next week. Do you watch?

    • I watched Psych on and off early in the series, but didn’t keep up with it. I’ve heard so many great things about it though, that I think I need to hit Netflix and watch it all.

  4. Author Kristen Lamb says:

    Thanks for the shout-out! Some great links here.

  5. Wendig is freakin’ hilarious! I have to be careful about reading his blogs at work – not because someone will look over my shoulder, but because I’m LOL! My favorite piece of writing advice is probably use what works for you and toss what doesn’t (regarding critique, craft workshops, how-to books, etc.). No one’s process is just like anyone else’s, and we all have to find our own way.

    btw, Congrats on the book deal!

  6. Trish says:

    Thanks for the shout out! I’d have been here sooner but I was offline on vacation. Some great links you’ve gathered. I’m going to check them out now.