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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.”
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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
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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
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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.
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5 Commonly Misunderstood Things on Twitter (I learned a couple of things from this)
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From Kirsten Hubbard: A nice blog post on the art of just enough character description–also the art of doing so in first person)
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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.
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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.”
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Stolen from Nathan Bransford: “Take it away, Coach Taylor!!!”


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