“In the Blogosphere” is a series, which lists links to writing-related blogs I’ve stumbled upon throughout a given week (usually).
We’ve all got Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn accounts in order to boost our platforms, right? But how do we make sure we’re using these tools effectively?
Here, Suzie Townsend of FinePrint Literary Management says voice is key when blogging.
As well, Writer Unboxed’s Kathleen Bolton discusses five rules to keep in mind before posting anything online.
I’ve had several writer friends ask me about voice lately. What is it? How do you craft it? Is it something you just have to *have*, or can it be developed?
Ah, voice. You slippery, intangible bastard, you.
In her “Footnotes” series over at the Guide to Literary Agents blog, guest blogger Nancy Parish lists five voice-related articles that just might help you answer some of those questions.
As well, Curtis Brown Ltd.’s Nathan Bransford weighs in on the subject.
There is much debate on whether or not one should write to trends. The common school of thought is that, once something is trendy on the shelves, that particular trend is about three years old—and, therefore, no longer the “it” thing.
D4Eo Literary’s Mandy Hubbard posted a very interesting two-part series on trends. Here, she discusses what’s trendy (like, in the slush pile) and what possible holes there are in the market. Here, she divulges what she’s noticed editors are currently seeking. (She also says NOT to write to trends.)
Going along with the idea of writing the books you want to write and staying true to yourself, Curtis Brown Ltd.’s Sarah LaPolla says we could all learn a thing or two from Betty White at her Glass Cases blog.
A MATTER OF STYLE
I’ve been doing a lot of editing lately, so I’ve been paying a lot of attention to grammar and formatting. And, of course, that differs, depending on what type of writing you’re doing and who you’re writing it for.
At his Questions and Quandaries blog, Writer’s Digest’s Brian A. Klems preaches to the choir (well, if I’m the choir) about The Chicago Manual of Style. Here, he gives a nice little breakdown of what stylebooks to use and when—and he offers practical advice in terms of grammar and style as well.
Adjectives are the devil—and The Conversion Chronicles’s Daphne Gray-Grant agrees in this fantastic pro-verb post.