Monday, August 31, 2015

The Top Five: Best Writing-Related Articles from August 24-28

5. "7 Reasons I Didn't Review Your Book" on The Book Wheel Blog (Allison Hiltz)

Link: http://bit.ly/1Uf4QrR

Book reviewers are really busy people. You might be amazed at how many requests we get for book reviews. While most of us accept many requests, we don't accept all off them, and this post will give you insight into why that may be, from time constraints to content conflicts.

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4. "Word Count: How Many Words In a Novel?" on The Write Practice (Joe Bunting)

Link: http://bit.ly/1Jq3jEV

Writers have different writing processes. Some write by the seat of their pants, doing no planning beforehand. Some write a basic outline and then let the story go wherever it wants to. Others outline everything in such detail that the outline is almost enough to be the novel itself. Here's another alternative, courtesy of The Write Practice, an excellent writing resource for writers of all kinds. What if you planned your novel or project according to its target word count? Do you know what that is for your genre? Find out here!

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3. "I Smell Your Rookie Movies, New Writers" on terribleminds (Chuck Wendig)

Link: http://bit.ly/1U6Mg56

I can never give Wendig enough kudos for the incredible work he does, not only in his own writing but also in maintaining a blog that is jam-packed with spectacular resources and tremendous wisdom for writers of all kinds. In this post, he addresses some of his pet peeves among new writers, including everything from punctuation errors (comma goes inside the quotation mark) to character differentiation. Don't be offended by his liberal use of profanity and obscure metaphors. His guidance is absolutely worth it!

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2. "Want to Be a Writer? It's Time to Act Like a Writer" on The Writer's Dig at Writer's Digest (Noelle Sterne, guest blogger)

Link: http://bit.ly/1N2Vxqw

It's easy to talk about being a writer, or wanting to be a writer, or thinking about writing a book. Talk is cheap, though. What can you do to take action and actually make yourself a writer? (Hint: It starts with writing. Always. Every day.) This insightful post will make you rethink your devotion to writing, and whether you're as committed to it as you should be.

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1. "The Process Monkey Asks: What Is Your Writing Process?" on terribleminds (Chuck Wendig)

Link: http://bit.ly/1JfijW1

Some weeks, an expert figure in the industry is so prolific with top writing tips that I have to cite them both (or all) in this roundup post. Wendig has outdone himself this week. Check out this post, an explanation of his everyday writing process, and then join in the comments at the conclusion. What is your writing process? Does it work for you? If not, what can you change to make your writing process as beneficial and productive as it can be?

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What do you love about your writing process? What isn't ideal about it? What can you do to act more like the writer you want to be? And, for that matter, what kind of writer do you want to be? How will you know (tangibly) when you've achieved that place? How many of the "rookie moves" in Wendig's post (see #3 above) are you guilty of?

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