Saturday Summation – 01 November 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…

Writing Stuff

I’ve mentioned numerous times about I am neither a heavy outliner nor am I a “pantser” in my writing. I’ve always like the phrase “discovery writing” not only because it sounds nicer (ha!), but those who use this term tend to fall in the same kind of writing style. Are you a discovery writer? Do you want to know more about what we mean by this? Check out Jennifer Crusie’s post about her own discovery drafting.

Happy first day of NaNoWriMo! (National Novel Writing Month) I cannot imagine ever actually participating in this because it requires a 1700 words/day goal in order to “win” at a 50,000 word novel draft by month’s end. As it is, for the first time ever, I’ve embarked on a daily goal of 1k/day, and that is really stretching it for me. Anyhow… Karishma of Persephone Magazine has been sharing tips through October to help writers gear up for NaNoWriMo and her latest post is a valuable one on white writers writing diversity into their stories. She offers resources for helping us with this task and that “write what you know” is NOT a valid excuse. “The biggest takeaway is that you shouldn’t use the fear of not accurately representing people of color as an excuse for not being an inclusive writer.”

I see lots and lots of blogs about “how to do Twitter” and other social media. This is all well and good, but so often only focuses on what should be the obvious – which is authentic interaction vs. constant self-promo – but Sierra Godfrey offers the next level up: narrowing in on a single focus on knowing your audience and interacting/sharing through social media based upon that audience.

Reading Stuff

I don’t often share book reviews, or even author interviews, but this one that covers the book, Texts From Jane Eyre (author Mallory Ortberg) is highly entertaining in iChat format and certainly entices one to want to read the book, too.

Are you a Shakespeare buff? Or even just a casual fan? Please check out fellow artist (I use the term “fellow artist” loosely as I am obviously not a visual artist like she is), Aviva Brueckner and her chalktalk-style, guess-the-Shakespeare-play contest. She will provide the daily storyboard, you will guess the play reflected. Check out the description and rules here – then move on to her blog for the daily play!

Video of the Week

Because it’s Daniel Radcliffe, Jimmy Fallon, and Blackalicious. So much good in a single video.

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