As friends around the internet work on finishing a novel or preparing for a book release or jumpstarting a new business endeavor or achieving myriad other goals, lots of us are finding information or inspiration in our weekly reading. That’s true of the articles shared in this week’s Friday Links for Writers — from an interview with George Saunders to query advice, these were articles to spark thinking. I hope you find them useful.
As always, let me know what resonates for you in these links, what you’d like more of, or share your own favorite reads from the week in the comments. Best wishes for a great writing (and reading) week!
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Writer George Saunders seems to earn nothing but praise and accolades — from bestsellers to nods from Guggenheim, MacArthur, Time and the Wall Street Journal, to Best American Short Stories. That was enough to motivate me to add his Tenth of December: Stories to my Winter Reading List. I enjoyed reading his insights in this interview at Salon.
I love this open letter from Roz Morris (a writer, editor and bestselling ghostwriter) which is great inspiration to any hard-working writer, as she puts into words all the work that goes into getting a novel to a polished form.
In this post, Chuck Sambuchino shares replies from 11 literary agents with the biggest errors they wish writers would avoid in query letters. If you’re a submission pro, this will repeat some advice, but each agent’s comment includes a link to more advice from that agent.
A guest post from author Dan Holloway on Jane Friedman’s blog, this post challenges writers to take the time to put into words exactly what they want from their writing. His guidance makes this more than just vague inspiration, but an interesting introspection.
For my friends who read, write or market young adult fiction (or are parents or educators of readers), this article on Book Riot presents head-on the controversy that occasionally arises over some YA themes. (As an educator and parent, I have more mixed perspectives: I do think YA authors have more of a responsibility to write what is healthy for a reader, not just what will sell — and that can be hard to restrain with the pressure to get attention in a competitive market.)
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What About You?
What has been meaningful to you in your reading this week? Or what kind of information do you need to reach current goals? Share your own links of comments below.
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- My Reading List: Winter 2014
Popular Reads this Week:
- Novel Revision Strategies: A Day’s Work in Pictures
- Novel Writing – Grace Paley: How Internal & External Conflict Build Story