Monday, March 14, 2016

The Top Five: Best Writing-Related Articles from March 7-11

5. "1 Key Question for Worldbuilding (+ A Handy Checklist)" on WriteOnSisters.com (Heather Jackson)

Link: http://bit.ly/1Rbr7DL

Even authors of romance and suspense and YA set in the typical modern world can benefit from this article, geared toward science fiction and fantasy writers, with its in-depth survey of all the categories you'll need to cover when you sit down to create your story world.


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4. "Self-Care for Writers" on Jami Gold

Link: http://bit.ly/1pG6RjL

It's easy for writers to face burnout and depression and loneliness and a lot of other potentially debilitating obstacles, whether medical or personal or relational or mental or emotional, or what have you. Gold offers stellar tips and the kind of empathy that suggests she's been there, too, in this excellent article on how to combat those obstacles.


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3. "How to Write a Novella: 6 Essential Tips" on Now Novel

Link: http://bit.ly/1T4qKfv

Perhaps the story idea rattling around in your head isn't quite "big-scale" enough for a whole novel. Consider writing a novella instead, not only for the option of a format that better fits your idea, but also because of everything you'll learn when you're forced to work within word count and other space constraints.


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2. "How Has the MFA Changed the Contemporary Novel?" on The Atlantic (Richard Jean So and Andrew Piper)

Link: http://theatln.tc/21hoWjg

This article has the potential for discussion and controversy, but what's the writing industry without a little controversy? These writers wanted to know whether the much-coveted MFA degree was actually making any difference in the books being published, or in the industry in general. Take a gander at the post and see what you think. You might be surprised.


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1. "The Fickle, Frustrating, Beautiful Arc of Your Writing Career" on Kill Zone (Larry Brooks)

Link: http://bit.ly/1VwFSmx

Larry Brooks is a spectacularly gifted author, and one whose guidance should always be given attention. This post challenges you to redefine your definition of success in the writing life, and asks you to reevaluate everything you think you know about writing. 


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There's the lineup for the week of March 7-11 ... which got lost in my drafts folder. Many apologies to my readers!

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