Passion for Writing: March 29th, 2010

   Posted by: Moses Siregar III   in Passion for Writing

Neil Gaiman, from The Guardian: “The main rule of writing is that if you do it with enough assurance and confidence, you’re allowed to do whatever you like.”
RT AdvicetoWriters “Carefully examined, a good–an interesting–style will be found to consist in a constant succession of tiny, unobservable surprises.” -FORD MADDOX FORD
RT @agentgame Okay, I’m just going to say it: I find romances between teenage girls and men who are hundreds of years old to be creepy
RT @agentrobert Writers. Do you know how many of your published titles libraries buy? Great customers, those libraries. We need to fight to keep them sound.
5 Commonly Misunderstood Things on Twitter (I learned a couple of things from this)
From Kirsten Hubbard: A nice blog post on the art of just enough character description–also the art of doing so in first person)
A while back, Nathan Bransford posted a nice top ten list called “Ten Commandments for the Happy Writer” (as a Moses, I am rather fond top ten lists, even moreso in this case for obvious reasons):

4. Don’t neglect your friends and family. No book is worth losing a friend, losing a spouse, losing crucial time with your children. Hear me? NO book is worth it. Not one. Not a bestseller, not a passion project, nothing. Friends and family first. THEN writing. Writing is not an excuse to neglect your friends and family. Unless you don’t like them very much.
Because of increasingly common self-publishing success stories, Nathan Bransford has one of the best assessments I’ve read about whether or not to self-publish. Should You Self-Publish? Ten Questions to Ask Yourself. His take is quite fair overall, but here’s my favorite line from him, taken out of context: “Much like pimpin’: self-publishing ain’t easy.”
Stolen from Nathan Bransford: “Take it away, Coach Taylor!!!”

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