Let’s call this week done and get to the good stuff: blog posts you’ll want to read. If you’re focused on your writing and don’t want to think about agents or publishing yet, the first two are for you. If you’re going through the process of querying agents, then carve out a few minutes to read #queryslam and The Rejector today (details below). And, if you’ve got the time, please let me know what you think of them, too.
- Beth Kephart Getting it right (or not) with memoir It’s a very short post, but one memoir writers might want to bookmark. Sometimes you just need to hear (or read) this. [Hat tip to Lisa Romeo.]
- Janice Erlbaum Journal writing for people who hate journal writing I’m a huge fan of Janice’s memoirs Girl Bomb and Have You Found Her. If you haven’t read one or both of her books, I highly recommend them. This post interested me because I’m not much of a journal writer—at least, not any more. From the time I was a kid until my late twenties, I always kept a journal. My thirties? Not so much. Janice’s point with keeping a journal is that “it’s the sh*t that’s in the way between you and your deeper ideas.” Maybe I should start journaling again. Don’t miss this post—and the additional gold in the comments.
- #queryslam Don’t let the word “slam” stop you from checking this out. This link will take you to Twitter, where @InternAmie is sharing feedback from the slush pile. What makes this a must read is Amie’s positive, pro-writer attitude. She genuinely wants writers to succeed (a.k.a, make it out of the slush pile) and shares constructive feedback. For example: “I see the word ‘grueling’ and ‘haunting’ in a lot of queries. Time for some fresh terms, folks!” Now, that’s useful.
- The Rejector Rejections! If you can get past the blog tag line “I don’t hate you. I just hate your query letter.” you’ll get to some helpful information on querying agents and (possibly) deciphering rejection letters. The blogger, an anonymous assistant at a literary agency, also offers insight on publishing news and trends. Another one for your RSS reader.
Your turn. Any opinions, blog posts or articles on writing you’d like to share? Also, if you’re a fan of keeping a journal, I’d love to hear why and how you approach it. Post away in the comments below. Thanks!