Some weeks in the publishing blogosphere the focus seems to be all on one particular topic.
This week everywhere I turned it was on writing craft.
The Atlantic put out a story about a computer analysing 2000 stories and coming up with the six main arcs of storytelling. The most popular one involving a glass slipper. This is an interesting read.
Then Neil Gaiman’s advice to authors popped up all over my Twitter feed. Neil has cult status out in publishing land but hasn’t made it onto the bestseller list for the worlds richest authors (who are making a tidy sum off kids books and movies.)
Now Novel had a great post on writing advice from Nobel prize winners. You can’t beat that for excellent craft advice. (And then a whole lot of great craft articles went into my Craft Section.)
Joanna Penn had a fabulous interview with Ellen Bard on writer self care. This is a must read as every author I know can relate to this. As the weather has turned super cold here, looking after your self and your mental health is timely.
Teleread has an interesting article on Amazon Author accounts and how to make sure that Amazon doesn’t close you down over something trivial.
Joel Friedlander has an interesting article by Judith Briales on Book Piracy. Judith has a list of things you can do if your book ends up on a nasty site.
The biggest children’s writers and illustrators conference is over for another year and a good time was had by all. Those of us who live vicariously through the SCBWI LA16 Conference blog have got some excellent reading ahead with quick outtakes from every session.
In The Craft Section,
Agent Kristen Nelson continues her series on 9 story openings to avoid
Janice Hardy- On putting your five senses in. - Bookmark
Jami Gold- When is a shocking scene necessary or gratuitous- Bookmark
Roz Morris- You know what your book means but does your reader?- Bookmark
this structural mistake- Bookmark both.
How to evoke wonder in your writing- Writer Unboxed – Bookmark
Abbi Geni On using description in your settings- Bookmark
From the Writers helping Writers website- a comprehensive list of writer tools- Bookmark
In The Marketing Section
7 marketing trends that no longer work and what you can do instead- Penny Sansevieri Bookmark
How to market the 99c ebook sale – Molly Greene
Jane Friedman has a guest post from Jessica Strawser on 5 ways to keep writing when life intervenes. This is one of those thought provoking articles where you reflect on your writing life and think about your writing goals. Are they pushing you over the edge or keeping you from falling.
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