“In the Blogosphere” is a weekly series, which lists links to writing-related blogs I’ve stumbled upon throughout a given week. Most posts will be from that week, but if I find some “oldies but goodies,” I’ll throw those up here as well.
I never find as much time to read blogs as I want, but here are a few posts that struck me this week.
If you’re entering the editing stages, this post by YA author Natalie Whipple is for you. On her Between Fact & Fiction blog, Whipple discusses different ways to edit.
Stuck on structure? Aspiring sci-fi author Andrew Rosenberg has a great series on story structure at The WriteRunner—and here, he’s begun another one on scene structure.
Need help with your synopsis? The good people of Writer’s Digest have provided this checklist for your perusing pleasure.
There is a serious drought of boy books in young adult fiction, but before you try your hand at breaking your way into this area, check out this post over at YA Fresh. In it, Tina Ferraro shares tips on writing for guys, as outlined by YA authors Michael Reisman and Ben Esch at a recent bookstore appearance.
This isn't the kind of boy book I'm talking about, but it's good too. 🙂
If you’re in the query stages and you’re not getting any bites, see how your query stacks up against a really good one. Here, Caren Johnson Literary‘s Elana Roth analyzes a query letter that grabbed her.
I know I’ve been linking to her a lot lately, but WordServe Literary‘s Rachelle Gardner keeps writing terrific posts! In this one, she talks craft, story and voice.
THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND
In a world where real journalism is dying and blogs are taking over cyberspace, the folks at Hyper Modern Writing remind us of the importance of fact checking.
As well, at Ragan’s PR Daily, Christine Kent says short, snappy subject lines might be the key to freelancing success.
If you’re thinking about joining a writing group, Australia’s Marsha Durham gives you a few things to consider before making a commitment, over on her Writing Companion blog.
IN THE NEWS
I just added this link so I could post a picture of Taylor Lautner (just kidding). In The New York Times, director of the American Indian Studies Center at the University of California Angela R. Riley opines about Twilight saga author Stephenie Meyer‘s use of the Quileute Indians.
Someone get this poor boy a towel!
Over at Writer’s Digest, check out what 179 Ways to Save a Novel author Peter Selgin has to say about agents, writing and the publishing industry overall.
As well, The Knight Agency‘s Lucienne Diver had an interesting little chat with The Naughty List author Suzanne Young over on her blog, Authorial, Agently and Personal Ramblings.
In case you missed my post earlier in the week, I interviewed fellow Southeastern Writers Association presenter inspirational author Emily Sue Harvey.
Also, Shenandoah Writers Online member Katy Doman conducted our first Author Spotlight with nonfiction writer and poet Dana Wildsmith. You must be a member of SWO to access this interview, but e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll send you an invitiation on the double!
Think your Facebook etiquette is decent? Better check, using this cartoon at The Oatmeal as well as this YouTube video.