This week on the writing blogosphere RAOK has been the catch phrase.
Random Acts Of Kindness. This has been started because Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi have finally made a print version of their wonderful Emotion Thesaurus and they celebrated with a RAOK blitz week which lots of writers got behind.
The Indie vs Trad argument has been heating up with many diatribes on both sides hitting the blogosphere this week.
Just for the record...You don’t have to be one or the other. You can choose the publishing medium with each project. You can be small press, Indie press, mainstream, give stuff away for free to build readers. It is up to you. Don’t get sucked into the Trad is bad or Indie is to die camps which diss each other and lose sight of the whole picture.
Anne R Allen has a nice piece about the bullies of both sides and what a new writer should be doing...take your time!
I post weekly and weekly it seems is the nature of change in the publishing landscape. This week Waterstones, a large bookselling chain in the UK has announced a partnership deal with Amazon. Some commentators have likened this to the hens asking the Fox to move into the henhouse. Here is Futurebooks take on this breaking news and the gamble and possible benefits for the booksellers.
Chuck has his 25 reasons to quit writing...of course you can turn it on its ear and choose to write. Either way Chuck is always thought provoking...(warning it is Chuck!)
Sometimes tho the act of writing is painful. Roz Morris looks at coping with RSI and what she has had to do to get through these times. I know this from bitter experience and am writing these words with tingling feelings in my left hand. (off to find my brace...)
In the craft corner, Here are some great posts on
Converting back story into character from Romance University
Margie Lawson looks at humour and the use of it to hook readers
Jane Friedman has some tips on getting the best online advertising for your dollar.
Joanna Penn talks multi media and why different media can complement your brand.
Janice Hardy has ways that you can be more productive.
Writers Digest has the definitive info on word counts for each genre.
Melinda Szymanik has a great post on the importance of being at the Frankfurt book fair with this year’s fair focussing on Kidlit.
And I will leave you with the video that is making waves through the creative community. This week Neil Gaiman gave the commencement speech at the University of Arts...These are words to live by no matter what stage of creative endeavour you are.