Sunday, April 21, 2013

Writing Post Round-Up - Week of April 14-20, 2013

Writing post round-up time!

It’s a rather short list this week – I had less time for reading, apparently.

                We begin this week with one of Lynn Viehl’s lists of ten.  This is a list of ten programs – some freeware and some with free trials – for writing related tasks (some less directly related than others).  I haven’t tried any of them out yet, but I’m particularly excited about Pro Frequency’s Names List.

                Of course we writer types need lots of details to give authenticity and interest to our stories.  This post talks about cultivating the observer to build a ready store of things from life we can use in our writing.

                Writers everywhere seem to be inextricably linked with coffee.  I’ve recently mostly given up caffeine, as it has a detrimental effect on my sleep cycle.  To be honest, I’m feeling a little insecure in my writerness – lacking as I do both coffee and a cat. J  If you happen to be like me, and are looking for a non-caffeinated pick-me-up, perhaps this will help you.  (Note: I haven’t actually tried this yet)

                It’s always nice to get advice on finding an agent from an actual agent.  Here is the first in a series of posts for Writer Unboxed from agent Elizabeth Weed.    It looks like this is going to be a very useful series!

                This is not a blog post per se, but rather a lovely list of resources put together by Leanne Dyck.  I haven’t had a chance to explore very many of them yet, but it looks like there’s some great stuff here!

                Here is a little refresher on how to punctuate dialog.  I think I have a pretty good handle on that, generally, but I’ve also been recently made aware of some of my other punctuation and grammatical transgressions, so it’s probably good to double-check. 

                And lastly, a fun article about reading and not insisting that only one kind of book is worthwhile.  I don’t agree with all of his points, but I do think the more people who read, the better off we all are.  And as the author points out, shaming people for what they choose to read is counterproductive. 

Note: this is a list of blog posts and articles on writing that I collect weekly.  Inclusion on this list does not necessarily mean it was published this week, just that I read it this week and thought it was cool, interesting, and/or useful.