I’ve been wandering around the reading/writing/publishing blogosphere again…

Hiromi Goto discusses Appropriate of Voice and POV, part 2 “What is meant by “authenticity”? Who decides if a voice is authentic?”

Pop Culture in Fiction, from BookEnds, LLC: “It’s very common for writers to use pop culture references in the fiction they’re writing… If you ask me, or even if you didn’t, I think this is a very dangerous habit.”

Cheryl Morgan over at Salon Futura asks What is Genre, Anyway? “At this point I’d like to bring in William Gibson. During a reading in Bristol on his recent signing tour he commented that, ‘genre is what happens when a businessman says, ‘remember that book you read last week and really loved? I can give you something just like it.’”

And, as a sort of companion to the above link, a Gregory Frost essay, Coloring Between the Lines. “I would like for you to think of literature as a huge house… As adults we find we’ve been trained to see this house in this particular way. ‘This is SF. This is romance. This is horror.'”

From Salon Futura: Fantasy Without Cooties. “ There is a fair amount of evidence that many male readers will not try a book by a female writer because they assume that books written by women are written for women.”

Sequence Outlining is explained over on TalkToYoUniverse. “I’m here today to say that the school-style outline and the writer’s outline are often very different things.”

from edittorrent: Setting by Example: Ishiguro “I thought we might continue the discussion here by looking at a few examples of good portrayals of setting details.”

Tina Hunter compiles a useful list of research resources for writers: “I do know how frustrating it can be to search for information on the web. There is just too much of it, plain and simple.”

Robert J. Sawyer over on Slate talks about The Purpose of Science Fiction. “science-fiction writers do get to talk about the real meaning of research. We’re not beholden to skittish funding bodies and so are free to speculate about the full range of impacts that new technologies might have—not just the upsides but the downsides, too.”

Authors Sam Sykes and N.K. Jemisin on the “Chosen One” trope in fantasy and science fiction:“It’s been in nearly everything that’s had a right to call itself a work of Science Fiction or Fantasy: the thought that there are certain people who should lead, certain people who are blessed, certain people who are fit to rule…and the average working-class schmuck gets no particular say in who gets to be chosen.”

Kristen Lamb: Novel Diagnostics.
“I generally can ”diagnose” every bad habit and writer weakness in ten pages or less. I never need more than 50 pages (and neither do agents and other editors). Why? Well, think of it this way. Does your doctor need to crack open your chest to know you have a bum ticker? No. He pays attention to symptoms to diagnose the larger problem.”

Word Count Worries from Mike Shevdon:  “It’s as if somewhere there is a magic number of words that will appeal to all publishers, agents and editors. So let me be clear: There is no magic number. There are, however, better and worse answers to the question, and that’s what this article is about.”


About Jessica

Dork extraordinaire, that's me! An unhealthy knowledge of Star Trek, a love of books, a fondness for purring cats.
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8 Responses to I’ve been wandering around the reading/writing/publishing blogosphere again…

  1. Author Kristen Lamb says:

    Thanks for the shout-out! What an excellent way to do a mash-up.

  2. Tina Hunter says:

    A nice cross section of information. Thanks for posting, and thanks for the link-back. Hope my post does someone some good.

  3. ~ap~ says:

    Awesome compilation you’ve put together! I’m definitely going to check out some of these articles. Thankee sai!

  4. Jessica says:

    Thank you Tina! Personally, I’ve already found your post useful. I very much appreciate the work you put into compiling it.

  5. Thank you for mentioning me! It’s very kind of you.

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