Saturday Summation – 07 April 2012

Some of my most interesting blog and news reads of the week:

General Stuff that Caught My Eye

I tell my kids (my own and my students), that nothing is private online – even if their accounts are “locked” or similar. I keep a relatively tight hold on my Facebook account, but even I know that it is not completely “secure”. Former literary agent and current technology blogger and author Nathan Bransford talks a bit about privacy in his post, “Divorce in an Internet Era”.

Reading 

I saw this interview with author James Patterson, “James Patterson Explains Why His Books Sell Like Crazy”, and the first thing I thought was how crazy it is that he has 13(!) books coming out this year. Most of Patterson’s books these days are co-written. He talks of how he comes up with an outline and has others write out the scenes. It made me think of TV show creators/producers. Showrunners come up with the overall story arcs they want to see over the course of a season, and while they may still write some of their own episodes, most are actually written by others on the team. As a writer, I’m not sure yet what I think about this kind of thing in books. As a reader, I probably don’t care – a good story is a good story, right? Thoughts?

What makes a romance a romance? What makes women’s fiction? As a women’s fiction writer, I wonder about how to sell my work. I’ve read several bloggers’ ideas about this… and it all remains a bit blurry. Here are 2 that caught my eye this week – Author Samantha Hoffman springboards from a NY Times article in her post, “Women’s Fiction- Top Shelf or Bottom?” and author Linda Yezak addresses some distinctions in her post, “Genre Talk: Women’s Fiction Format”

Writing

Interested in a quickie contest? From the Write Angle is offering a Flash Fiction contest.

Remember my post on self e-publishing and gatekeeping? Here’s one that reinforces those thoughts… and throws in some parent over-involvement – which is the new “good old-fashioned” way. From the NY Times: “Young Writers Find a Devoted Publisher – Thanks, Mom and Dad”

What do you write and why do you choose to write it? From the Write Angle’s Jemi Fraser talks about a different kind of “write what you know”. Is it “fair” to write in a genre that you don’t even read? “Writing What You Read”

And finally.. on a related note… I read fantasy, but I cannot imagine writing anything like the fantasy I have read. Author Patrick Rothfuss addresses a reader-who-wants-to write question about getting mired in details when world-building in fantasy. I confess that the primary reason I am including this post is that I really enjoyed his light-hearted analogy with the Bible. “Fanmail Q&A: The Biggest Mistake”

By the way, I think you should all have this song in your music library:

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2 Responses to Saturday Summation – 07 April 2012

  1. Jemi Fraser says:

    Thank you for the shout out! 🙂
    The number of books Patterson & team put out is mind boggling. I assume he reads them over and edits/approves of the work before it is sent out. After all, it is his name on the cover. My students enjoy his Maximum Ride series.

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  2. Hmm…writing what you read. That is an interesting topic. I still haven’t decided where I stand on the “writing what you know” debate brought to light by the popularity of “The Help.” It seems odd that someone would want to write for a genre they don’t enjoy reading in, though not at all strange that someone wouldn’t necessarily write for a genre they love to read.

    By the way, I just started the “Game of Thrones” series and everything in my life is taking a backseat to those books. Perhaps the Fantasy genre will win me over after all.

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