Saturday Summation – 10 January 2015

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

Well now, I guess it’s been awhile since sharing some writerly and readerly links here, but I reminded myself that doing this blog thing helps me keep on a roll with the story writing, so let’s credit the new year thing with getting my act in gear in this space again. 🙂

So what’ve we got this week?

Writing Stuff:

Let’s start with the always entertaining Chuck Wendig. Most of his posts are usually NSFW, so you should always be forewarned of that, although this one is slightly milder. I don’t always fully read posts about direct and basic writing advice, but he gives a fresh look at the process – and probably the most interesting one is his “10 keywords” bit. I might try that one out – and the rest are fun ways to remind me of things to keep doing or do better.

Along those lines, I also felt this piece by Jess Riley was timely. She tells us about songwriter Glenn Frey’s thoughts in an Eagles documentary (and adds her own, of course), which reminds us that writing requires discipline, not just all inspiration. “Elbow grease … Persistence.” Man did I need to hear that right now – how about you?

And finally, whenever agent Donald Maas contributes to the Writer Unboxed blog, I listen. I should probably read one of his books on writing because if the rest of his advice is as strong as what he offers on writing emotion (which is primary topic when he writes for this blog), then I’m sure I could benefit. In this one, Maas says “…any big emotion does not spring out of nowhere.  It is laid on a foundation of anticipation.  Fear grows.  Hope builds.  Paranoia deepens.  Love dawns.  Healing comes in stages.  To create high emotions in readers requires laying groundwork.” There is much to discover in what he writes that leads up to this and the tips to follow

Books I’ve read lately that might interest you…

Looking at my Goodreads list, I’m kind of bummed to find few adult novels that have really stuck with me. I’ve read a couple that were decent, but nothing that made me put down with a sigh of both satisfaction and disappointment that it was over.

The same can probably be said of young adult and middle grade fiction, too… but here are a couple that came close:

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein – Middle Grade (My Goodreads review)

Breathing Room by Marsha Hayles – Middle Grade (My Goodreads review)

Song of the Week:

It’s the end of the first full week of the new year – I think many of us might be feeling the way Gene Autry makes us feel with this song, no?  (BTW, turns out Aerosmith has a cover of this song, too… didn’t quite match my own needs, but here it is in case you need a different motivator!)

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2 Responses to Saturday Summation – 10 January 2015

  1. MJ says:

    I was just wondering the other day if I’d missed these updates or if they’d somehow gone unnoticed into my spam folder. I’m glad it was just that you haven’t been posting!

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  2. Happy New Year, Janet! Great resources – as always! Hope 2015 is starting out well…

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