Open stats

While I like the idea of another online home for short fiction (another is The Write City Magazine), I don’t think I like having the analytics out there for the world to see. How about you?

The new platform luring readers into short fiction | Books | The Guardian.

Would you hire this character?

If a character doesn’t feel quite right, here are some questions you might consider. They are meant to help people on job interviews. Think of your character as your potential employee and of yourself as the boss. How would you answer?

8 Questions Every Candidate Should Ask During Job Interviews |

Merging traffic

One of the projects I’m working on — the one I dubbed my “10-year book” the other day — has me stuck. I’ve been working on adding another viewpoint, and it’s been awkward. One of Claire Fuller’s suggestions is working on them separately and merging them later. I’m trying it. If you’re stuck, maybe another  of her hints will help you.

Writing Dual Narratives | Claire Fuller

‘She just doesn’t get me!’

What happens when someone who really understands people has to deal with someone who doesn’t? This article is about working with people who have low “emotional intelligence.” But it also describes some of their traits and those of high “EQ” folks, all of which can be used in character develpment.

How to Work with People Who Aren’t Good at Working with People – HBR.

‘A voice of one’s own’

Working in journalism, I’ve learned a lot about writing in the “objective” style of the news. I’ve gotten pretty good at removing myself from stories. So good, in fact, that when I returned to fiction after a long hiatus, I couldn’t remember my own voice, my style. Here’s a nice piece, via Ryan Lanz, that I wish had been around a few years ago.

Finding Your Writing Voice | A Writer’s Path.

Going indie? Consider costs

For anyone considering indie publishing, cost is a question. Here’s anecdotal information from The Write Life by Dana Sitar. My informal conversations with friends confirm the cost ranges in the piece. Some have spent more because, frankly, they wanted books to hold in their hands. Before you take this route, ask yourself what your goals are. Then consider this article the beginning of your research.

How Much Does It Cost to Self-Publish a Book? 4 Authors Share Their Numbers.

Learn from rejection

Years ago I interviewed a woman who had an unusual part-time job. I wrote a query to a national magazine — just one — proposing a story. I got a note back that said no thanks this time, but send other story ideas in the future. I felt flattered, but let it go. I’ve never submitted to that publication again. Clearly I made a mistake that, according to poet and editor Kelli Russell Agodon, is typical of women.
Submit Like A Man: How Women Writers Can Become More Successful — Medium.

Going to WaR

I haven’t read this book, How to Read Like a Writer, but I think I’d like to. I belong to a Writers as Readers book club, and we’ve been together for a few years now. We “WaRriors” have been muddling along, mostly on instinct. Each of us picks books to read based on the kinds of things we’re working on. We don’t all like every book, but I think we have managed to learn from each other’s choices. I’m predjudiced, but I think it’s the best book club I’ve ever belonged to.

How to Read Like a Writer | Brain Pickings