Saturday Summation – 22 March 2014

Bits and pieces of things that caught my eye not only for my own interest, but enough to want to share with you, too…

 

Reading Stuff:

The New York Times hosted 2 companion pieces (one by author Walter Dean Myers and the other by author Christopher Myers) that gave depressing statistics that of 3,200 children’s books published in 2013, just 93 were about black people. Publishers may try to blame the “market”, saying that people aren’t buying those books, but that is circular logic when you consider that if they aren’t available, we can’t buy them. Bookstores, librarians, and educators need to do better in finding and making these books more available. Many adults cannot easily find books with protagonists that look like them, but we need to break this trend even earlier within the children’s venue.

Fellow writing group member Kimberly Sullivan gives a nice summary of the Twitter #ReadWomen2014 initiative and some of the impetus behind it. Between the Myers’ posts and Sullivan’s, are you missing out on diversifying your reading list?

After reading her post, check out Huff Post’s list of books authored by women to help get you started.

 

Writing Stuff:

Author Jenny Crusie answered a question about how to figure out when to cut a scene. She explains very nicely about the necessity of a scene having immediate purpose and just being “fun” or sounding pretty. 🙂

What happens when you’re writing like gangbusters and the you get stalled out? I’ve frequently talked about ways to step away from a story for awhile, but Eleri Stone gives some good, practical tips for how to jumpstart the story without walking away from it.

 

Song of the Week:

Need to Breathe has a new album coming out in April and they just released a video from it for “The Heart”. Good stuff:

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