Friday, October 30, 2009

Friday Round-Up

Whoop-ee-ti-yi-o, get along little bloggies! Here's a round-up of the best writing craft blog posts I hunted up, tripped over or got directed to this week:

Tips for First Drafting from author Natalie Whipple at Between Fact & Fiction blog.

All About Backstory from agent Rachelle Gardner's Rants & Rambles blog

Also from Rachell's blog, guest blogger Matilda McCloud (love that name!) blogged Thursday about Avoiding On-The-Nose Writing, a concept of which I was aware, but never saw addressed this directly.

Themes seem to be a theme in blogging this week. Here's two takes: Themes Schmemes, from agent Nathan Bransford, and a roundtable discussion from the writers at Novel Matters, Starting with the Basement. And then there's Nathan's follow up post to his Themes Schmemes post: The Reverse Snobbery of Low Literary Aspirations. All vewy innewesting stuff!

And last but not least, Behind The Stacks, a peek into the world of an acquisitions librarian, by guest blogger at Novel Matters, Judy Gann. Lots of good tips for getting books into public libraries, and why that is important.


  1. Great links, Lori! I sat by Judy Gann during breakfast in Denver but didn't really realize all she did till you shared this article. Makes me wish I was in acquitions for libraries:) Fun! Think of all the great books you'd come across...

  2. Judy is a lovely lady. We had lunch together not long ago, when she was in town, and talked about her new foray into fiction writing. Good to know you've met her too. The writing world is small, and I love that.

  3. Yi, ha! Thanks for the great links, Lori.

  4. You're welcome! I have good intentions of doing this every Friday.

  5. Thank you for the links, I will have a look asap.

  6. Glynis,

    Hope your writing is going well!

  7. The literary aspirations blog was interesting. Especially from the perspective of someone aiming at mass market. The biggest misconception is that it's easy to 'crank out formula'. Which is so untrue. Sticking to formula, yet creating something original within it, isn't simple at all.

    I think there's a lot of snobbery amonsgt writers on a lot of sides of the fence, the literary vs. the mass market, category vs single title, Christian vs. secular. When the simple fact is, it's all hard to do, it's all an accomplishment and it's also a matter of where your voice fits and what your personal goals are.

    There should be more support than there is, and less self-importance and 'oh well, I'm doing it the best way with the best material'

    (I could go on at endless length about this, might be a blog post)

  8. Maisey,

    Book snobbery is all pretty silly, isn't it? Tastes are subjective, and I'm thankful there's room for us all.
    Otherwise, how boring???

    And it's so true. All good writing is difficult, just in different ways.