Monday, November 3, 2014

The Top Five: Best Writing-Related Articles from October 27-31

5. "Q&A: Harlan Coben Chats About 'No Second Chance' and Career Switch" on Variety (Elsa Keslassy)

Link: http://bit.ly/1uijmT5

If you like suspense and thriller novels, you probably know of or have read some of Harlan Coben's books. He's is a New York Times bestselling author for a reason. Read through this interview and hear how Coben is breaking into the fields of television and movies with some of his most popular titles.

Do you write with an eye toward seeing your projects in the hands of a producer? What's different about that goal than writing something you don't necessarily want to see on television?

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4. "12 Reasons Why Writer Jamaica Kincaid is a Total Badass" on Huffington Post (Joseph Erbentraut)

Link: http://huff.to/1v59PsX

Many high school and college-level literature classes use short stories by Jamaica Kincaid to illustrate points about contemporary writing, and with good reason. Kincaid is an expert at what she does. Her short story, "Girl," available online in its entirety, is a testament to innovation and creativity. This post is a quick, summarized interview with revelations about Kincaid that might surprise you. Check it out!

Have you read writings by Jamaica Kincaid? Which was your favorite? What surprises you about her writing style?

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3. "10 Unrules of Writing" on Jen Ponce Author (Jennifer Ponce)

Link: http://bit.ly/1vwBeEp

We've all heard the supposed rules that successful writers follow: kill your Internet when you're working on a project so you don't get distracted; turn off your phone; write something every single day; etc. Ponce turns some of the most common rules upside-down and suggests that not all of them should be taken as gospel.

Do you agree or disagree with Ponce's stance? Which "unrule" did you like best? With which did you most disagree? Why?

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2. "A World Carved From Words: The First Navajo Poet Laureate" on Los Angeles Review of Books (Natalie Diaz)

Link: http://bit.ly/1t2SjJ7

One interview after another this week, but again, don't underestimate the power of reading about another author's life and projects to glean insights for your own writing. Luci Tapahonso, first poet laureate of the Navajo Nation, offers her perspective with simplicity and beautiful word pictures.

What did you learn from the interview? What surprised you most?

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1. "Why Writing Is the Best Way to Increase Your Mental Strength" on Inc.com (John Hall)

Link: http://bit.ly/1xALduH

Writing isn't always an endeavor intended to produce a fictionalized result. In fact, it's one of the most universally applicable life skills for any career choice: communication skills are one of the first things a prospective employer looks for on a resume. Read this article to find out how writing applies even in the world of business, making you a better business professional.

Do you agree or disagree with the premise of the article? Why or why not?

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BONUS: "I Dream in Colour" [Poem] on Elephant Journal (Via JoJo Rowden)


I love to read a poem for inspiration, or just a restful break from working on a project. Poetry speaks in ways that a lot of other media can't accomplish. Enjoy this evocative, compelling work, whose thesis is perhaps this statement: "Reality has no place in this world we create for ourselves" (line 7).

What style of poetry do you like to read? Which poets do you read when you need inspiration?

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Six posts this week to share, and many of them interviews or versions of interviews. Really, though, I learn so much from interviews that I can't resist sharing. Which posts were most helpful to you this week? What did I miss out in the world of writing?

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