27 January 2012
Great Writing Posts: Week of January 23, 2012
I've decided to highlight some of the best posts on writing I've seen around the web. Many of you follow the same blogs I do, so forgive me if these are repeats. I'm hoping to do this weekly, so you'll have to let me know if this is something worth keeping around.
What Project Runway Taught Me About Explanations by Veronica Roth. An interesting reminder that if your reader didn't get what you were trying to say... it's your fault, not theirs. Very timely, for me, as I contemplate writing something where my intentions did not come through as planned, but I think an excellent reminder for anyone seeking feedback on a manuscript. Plus I love posts that use something completely unrelated to writing... to explain writing.
From Rough to Final: TEN Disections by Maggie Stiefvater. Stiefvater dissected a chapter from her book The Scorpio Races to show the rewriting process between first and final drafts. Apparently, she convinced other authors to do the same and links to ten more places where writers can see the many ways writers rewrite. Kimberly Derting calls it "writer porn", which means I will now read everything she has ever written, and I especially liked Jaclyn Dolamore's post.
One for the Record by Jane Lebak. An interesting anecdote on why record keeping is important for a writer and some advice on how to do it.
Just A Memory With Nowhere To Stay by Betsy Lerner. For when you feel like skipping a day.
Work It, Work It: Breaking the Writing Rules by Janice Hardy. A great post (with examples!) of how and why to break the rules.
25 Things Writers Should Know About Agents by Chuck Wendig. Nothing most of us haven't heard before, but refreshingly HILARIOUS.
Are there any great posts that I might have missed this week?