Monday, September 8, 2014

The Top Five: Best Writing-Related Articles from September 1-5

5. "'Write What Terrifies You": An Interview with Celeste Ng" on HIPPO Reads (Jocelyn Eikenburg, interviewer)

Link: http://bit.ly/Y99lcE

Author interviews are almost always inspirational to read. Celeste Ng, author of Everything I Never Told You, talks about her inspiration, her novel, her research process, and the quote in the post title that drives what she chooses to write about. What if you wrote about what terrified you most? What would you write?

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4. "23 Writing Tips from Booker-Prize Winning Authors" on Aerogramme Writers' Studio

Link: http://bit.ly/WaUwnW

When in doubt, this post will at the least help you find some excellent new reading material, in case your bookshelves look bare. At its best, the article includes quotes from Yann Martel, Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie, Ian McEwan, and Iris Murdoch, among others, on all different aspects of writing --- purpose, inspiration, motivation, message and theme, rules, wisdom, and encouragement. Well worth a read-through.

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3. "How to Intensify Conflict & Deepen Characters --- The Wound" on Kristen Lamb's Blog

Link: http://bit.ly/1u0NK1E

You're working along, making sure that your characters are as three-dimensional and nuanced as possible ... and then you hit a wall. Why does your character act the way that he/she does? What's the back story that explains his/her actions? In this article, learn about character wounds, things from the past that justify their actions and choices in the present. Nobody takes action in a vacuum, unaffected by everything else.

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2. "Writing Into the Abyss, or Why Readers Don't Matter" on Ksenia Anske, Fantasy Writer

Link: http://bit.ly/1CDmgmH

Following what apparently turned out to be a spirited debate on Twitter, this article is the author's further manifesto, settling her stance on the topic of whether you write to please your readers or yourself. The post provides an excellent rationale. Do you agree or not?

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1. "What Should Novelists Blog About? [Podcast]" on Novel Marketing (Thomas Umstattd)

Link: http://bit.ly/WrtWqM

To build a platform, writers often turn to a blog. However, nonfiction writers and fiction writers can't get away with writing about the same topics on their respective blogs. Nonfiction writers often have an easier time of it --- excerpts of their work-in-progress about the Civil War, for instance, or further research they conducted that just didn't make it into the book they eventually published. This podcast provides more than half a dozen ideas for fiction novelists and what to blog about to gain a following.

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What were your favorite articles this week? Did I miss anything that should have been highlighted? What were your least favorite articles this week?

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