If you read my January Challenge Week 4: And Then Plans Changed post on Sunday, you know this has been a busy Valentine’s week for me.
I finished out my prior writing courses and got settled in to my new teaching position, leaving me rather drained and ready for the weekend.
Still, much of what I worked on included some great reading about the writing profession, partly inspired by #book2 tweets from the publishing industry’s un-conference last Sunday. (Search that hashtag on Twitter for conversations.)
Here are a handful of the best links of the week. As always, let me know what you found inspiring in these or what topics you’d like to see more of.
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On the heels of ads for memory enhancing games like Luminosity, this TED Talk gives opposing, research-supported advice about the value of forgetting.
55 blogs with consistently effective advice, curated by poet Robert Lee Brewer.
This list by Linda Formichelli, on her top-10 blog The Renegade Writer, is a quick resource for one of my back-burner projects. While I focus on my fiction, and while I earn my professional salt as a freelance writer or teacher at varying times, I have been exploring new venues that allow myself — or anyone — to put my expertise directly into the hands of interested readers. Check out Linda’s list, spelling out 5 such venues.
For friends who have been weighing the varying paths, between traditional publishing, self-publishing or a hybrid, here is Terri Guiliana Long’s self-quiz on Her Circle to help you get a sense which options best fit your personality.
A great rambling interview with National Book Award (and many othes) recipient Colum McCann, including some stirring commentary on his inspiration for Let the Great World Spin.
Want insight into my week? Writing lessons, working with kids, changing classes, rethinking learning approaches… This excerpt from Sir Ken Robinson’s famed 2006 TED Talk is at the heart of it. Ken is inspiring and funny, whether you’re an educator or not.
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Reading list survey for the March Challenge: Click here if you’d like to share the kinds of books on your 2013 Reading List. I’d love to hear your current must-read titles!
What did you find in these links that is useful to you? Let me know if you want more on a particular subject, or share your own best finds.
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- Last Week’s Friday Links for Writers 02.08.13 (A listing of all Friday Links appears on Links & Where to Find Me)
- Last month’s January Challenge: January Challenge: Finish, Begin, Improve, Plan
- Most recent: January Challenge Week 4: And Then Plans Changed
- A “vintage” post: October Writing Challenge: Reflections on Writing Character & Place