This is really such a great post by Chuck Wendig that every aspiring writer should read: 25 More Hard Truths About Writing And Publishing. Pursuing writing as a career is so full of contradictions. It's an art, it's a craft, it's sales and marketing. You're venerated, you're reviled. You probably make crapola, even if you're … Continue reading Hard truths about writing…
What an amazing essay by Claire Vaye Watkins. Her novel Gold Fame Citrus is on my "I need to read this soon" list. A taste: Let us embrace a do-it-yourself canon, wherein we each make our own canon filled with what we love to read, what speaks to us and challenges us and opens us up, wherein … Continue reading On Pandering: How to Write Like a Man
Like the advice in pretty much all writing books, Natalie Goldberg's advice in Writing Down the Bones boils down to the same core principles: write every day; don’t edit while you write; use detail; don’t worry about being perfect. Goldberg offers some useful tips for keeping a daily writing practice, but she also admits that you have to … Continue reading Notes on Writing Down the Bones
More great stuff from Margaret Atwood! Brain Pickings shares a short animation that accompanies Atwood's meditation on how technology shapes storytelling. Worth watching.
Stephen King asks: Can a novelist be too productive? We are all artists now, though. But if you don't click on this story, the writer doesn't get paid.
I've decided to go analog and carry a notebook with me for recording my to-do lists, ideas, upcoming events, monthly goals, and the like, instead of relying on my phone or tablet. (See my last post.) Sure, it's one more thing I have to cart around, but I carry a backpack purse anyway. I've noticed … Continue reading Inspired by Austin Kleon…
Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon (austinkleon.com) is a short book--you can read it in under an hour--but it contains many gems of advice about living a creative life. Kleon is a writer, visual artist, and hobbyist musician, but his advice applies to anyone, from writers to entrepreneurs to people who just want to bring a … Continue reading Notes on Steal Like an Artist
The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp is the first of several books I'm planning to read on the creative process. Tharp's book is a great place to start, as it contains many nuggets of useful information on fashioning a creative life that can be put into practice immediately. Although Tharp's art is dance, her advice is … Continue reading Notes on The Creative Habit
I have a side job right now where I review "indie" books, which mostly means self-published books, although some small-press books are also thrown into the mix. Reading on average one self-published book a week for the past several months has made me very pessimistic about the quality of self-published books in general. In fact, it's … Continue reading A caution against self-publishing, with links…
For my yearly reading project in 2015, I have been focusing on women writers, specifically of speculative fiction. This project has led me down lots of wonderful side alleys discovering new writers, revisiting old favorites, and thinking about what they have to say. It's also helped me understand the bias that women writers continue to … Continue reading Women writing — some links