Welcome to this Saturday Edition of What We’re Writing and Reading.
We’re taking a little detour on the weekends now to share some of what we’re up to with our writing (when we’re not here) and what we’re into with our reading (around the web). We’ll also pull back the curtain a little to give you a behind-the-scenes look at what went into a piece.
We hope you enjoy this little diversion and encourage you to share your own posts and picks in the comments.
Happy writing! Happy reading!
Jamie Wallace: I hope those of you who celebrate it had a lovely Fourth of July. Having the holiday in the middle of the week sent me all off kilter, though I could just as easily blame my slight unbalance on the heat. I don’t know about you, but the kind of hot and humid weather we’ve been having around here always takes the wind right out of my sails and leaves me day dreaming of crisp autumn days – sweater and boot days, hot tea and toast days, fire on the hearth days. I suppose I should be grateful that I’m not out in Death Valley where the temps have been hitting triple digits to the tune of 129 degrees. You can cook things at that temperature!
Anyway, it’s been a busy week with a large, rush project on my plate – a lovely new client for whom I”m doing rebranding and website copywriting. That has kept me pretty tied up (and will do for the next few weeks), so I didn’t have much time for writing (other than my morning pages); but I did manage to get some reading in. I finished My Name is Mina (affiliate link) which I mentioned in last week’s Saturday edition. I am working on a post about the book – not a review, but how the way the story was written has given me new inspiration. Really lovely.
Also – as always – I did manage to get some blog reading in. Here are my favorite writing-related posts from the week:
CRAFT & THE WRITING LIFE
- Story Structure and the Inciting Event by @bradreedwrites: [podcast] I’m sorry to say I haven’t listened to this yet. (Did I mention I’ve had a really busy week?) BUT – based on how much I LOVE his other podcasts, I’m willing to bet money that this one rocks, too.
- Avoid The Pseudo-Work Trap via @99u: Also not specifically for writers, but something I know I struggle with.
- What You CANNOT Do on Facebook: Are you doing book giveaways on Facebook? Here are some basic rules & regs that Facebook has in place and which could get you into trouble if you’re not paying attention.
- Good Writing vs. Talented Writing via @brainpicker: The word on The Word in the words of some famous writers.
- Handling isolation in your worklife by @swoodruff via @markwschaefer: Also not specifically for writers, but boy do we often deal with this issue.
PUBLISHING & BUSINESS
- Thinking About Money by Seth Godin: This one is not particularly about writing, but it is about a topic many writers struggle with, namely, money. It’s a quick read, but one that may spark some new kinds of thinking about the green stuff.
- 3 Reasons Why a Facebook Page Can’t Replace an Author Website by @JaneFriedman: This is a song I’m singing all the time. Don’t put your most valuable asset in the hands of someone else, especially a mega-company who might (and often does) change all the rules on a whim
- Best Business Advice for Writers: June 2013 by @JaneFriedman: Another great wrap-up from Jane.
- The Book Marketing Maze: 22 Wrong Turns & How To Avoid Them by @JonathanGunson: Love Jonathan’s posts – always full of actionable tidbits.
INSPIRATION & ENCOURAGEMENT
- 10 Thought-Provoking Interviews w/ Courageous Creators by @OllinMorales: I haven’t read all of these yet, but this collection of interviews includes two of my favorite writer/bloggers: Jane Friedman (@JaneFriedman) and Joanna Penn (@TheCreativePenn).
- How to Keep Writing When Life Saps Your Muse by @diywriter: We’ve each seen dozens of these posts, but I really liked Dina Sitar’s no nonsense approach.
- Page one is for scribbles by Emily Theis of @proofbranding: Again, not specifically for writers, but I loved the sentiment behind this one. Scribble on!
- Writing Quotes from Famous Authors via @BookBaby: We all love a good writing quote.
- Confidence & Possibility by @robbinphillips of @brainsonfire: Remember when you thought anything was possible. Go there and do that.
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