We have some very exciting news this week. The cover for SEND ME A SIGN, written by Tiffany Schmidt and coming October 2, 2012 from Walker Books For Young Readers, has been revealed! Check it out and enter the contest!
How do you feel about creativity? Chuck Wendig’s 25 Things You Should Know About Creativity.
For some of us, spelling is more an adventure than an exact science. Tim Kane writes about his own spelling shortfalls or personal word demons.
Are you world building? Check out ten amazing Real-World Locations for Fantasy World building. After viewing those wonderful photos, it’s easy to understand why Cora Ramos advises that we not lose all of our childhood wonder in her blog: Voice and your inner child.
How do you write? Caren Estesen discusses The Lean Startup Method applied to Writers. Do you write full throttle? Or do you plan, creating an itinerary for every scene? Tim Kane argues for a happy medium.
What do you dream up on a rainy day? Jennifer Laughran answers the question: Q: “If my YA novel could have awesome tie-ins like graphic novels, knitting pattern books, etc…”
Mary Cole asks, what is a characterizing detail? While you are strengthening your WIP, read Joe Bunting on How to Use Motif to Enhance Your Writing. After that, what about your pacing? Alicia Rasley gives Top Ten Tips.
What kind of writer are you? At the Gotham Writers’ Workshop, Mignon Fogarty, creator of Grammar Girl and founder of the Quick and Dirty Tips Network, shares her insights into the writing process. After you answer that, ask yourself: Do you need to burn your ships or have a catastrophe plan? If you want to improve your writing, Valerie Comer suggests 10 steps to accepting a critique.
There is an ongoing debate on female characters in books. Marcy Kennedy has a very interesting post “What Do We Mean By “Strong Female Characters?”” Then try Gail Gayner Martin on Sympathetic Characters.
How many languages can you speak? Jane Lebak writes about Your Character’s Language.
What happens to authors if the agency model dissolves? Mike Shatzkin writes about this subject. For more clarification, here’s a Department of Justice agency pricing roundup by Porter Anderson.
Ever wonder how to identify top blogs and websites in your category? Jane Friedman makes some suggestions. Then Cynthia D’Alba discusses Blog tours: the good, the bad, the ugly. Then Jody Hedlund has 3 Ways To Keep Social Media from Taking Control of Writing Time.
“On March 30th, every page on Facebook will be rolled over to the new timeline format currently being used for personal profiles.” Starting there, Jon F. Merz gives Facebook page timeline tips for authors.
To the great joy of many writers, Scrivener for iPad and iPhone release is set for 2012. Jennifer Laughran answers the question: Q: “How does one find a list of agents who rep Graphic Novels?”
Questions about YA SF or Fantasy? Ask the editor at Strange Chemistry
Why your homepage is not as important as you think by Dan Blank. What is platform, anyway? A Definition by Jane Friedman. The Giles Hash and the Myth of Standards.
The Unique Shelf
Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind – RUDYARD KIPLING
Test your literary agent IQ – quick true/false test here
Six tips on writing from John Steinbeck.
Want to write a book? There is an app for that!
Need inspiration? 25 inspiring biographies for writers.