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Passion for Writing: March 30th, 2010

   Posted by: Moses Siregar III   in Passion for Writing

Tom Clancy: “The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.” (Quote borrowed from Plot to Punctuation blog)
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“Writing well means never having to say, ‘I guess you had to be there.’” — Jef Mallett (ditto)

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[On fantasy writing:] “It’s not enough to create magic. You have to create a price for magic, too. You have to create rules.” — Eric A. Burns (ditto)

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N.K. Jemisin wrote a liberating blog post about how writing exactly what she wanted to write propelled her to success: “I think The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms became my “breakout” novel (i.e., the one that actually got published, as opposed to the ones still sitting in my harddrive) because I stopped caring about what the market wanted … [conclusion] The lesson here is obvious: trying to write what the market wanted didn’t work for me. Writing what I wanted, did. Now, this is not to say that every writer should throw convention to the winds and expect success …”
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RT WritersDigest Pronoun Problems: “He/She,” “He or She,” or Just Plain “He”? http://ow.ly/16VLU4

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The AgencyGatekeeper blog has a nice couple of posts on the problem of overusing your protagonist’s name and/or pronouns for your protag. The problem. The solution given. My opinion? Moderation.

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Steven Erikson describes some of his approach to writing on A Dribble of Ink blog. The quotes were pulled from a series of blogs Erikson is writing at Life as a Human.

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Quick Book Learning blog on: New vs Mid-Career vs Senior Literary Agents: Which is right for you?

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Patricia Stoltey on the GLA Blog: 3. Networking is the most important reason to attend writers’ conferences. Volunteer to help with registration, moderate a panel, conduct a workshop in your area of expertise, or stuff goodie bags. Make friends. Also hang out with the authors, editors, and agents during cocktail hour. Don’t be afraid to talk to them. They (at least most of them) won’t bite.

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Moses: Tell me, who should I be following?

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Thanks a bunch for linking to the GLA post today and including me in your tweet. For those with a passion for writing, I also suggest following The Blood-Red Pencil — contributors are authors, editors, librarians, and more.
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/

March 30th, 2010 at 12:36 pm

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