This is a longish read of reflections of and tips from Saul Bellow. There’s always something to learn from a master such as Bellow.
Happy 100th Birthday, Saul Bellow: His Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech on How Literature and Art Ennoble the Human Spirit | Brain Pickings.
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Lawrence Block has been traditionally published for many years. But he has also done some indie books. Here are some of his reasons for his choices.
Why author Lawrence Block went indie – BookWorks.
This is an interesting idea, but I’m not sure a writer could make money this way. The tips on timing and breaking up the project make sense, though.
How to Plan Your Blogged Book – Elizabeth Spann Craig.
Yesterday I mentioned that some awards aren’t worth winning, but these are. The Nebulas are among the top honors for science fiction and fantasy. The winners were announced last weekend in Chicago.
Nebula Award Winners Announced – SFWA.
At work, we just got the annual contest entry invitation from one of the journalism associations to which we belong. The first professional award I ever earned came from this group. While awards are nice, some are nicer than others. This post warns you about “awards profiteers.” One warning is about costs, but even the Pulitzer has entry fees. (This year’s book prize is still open.) Here are some other considerations.
Writer Beware®: The Blog: Awards Profiteers: How Writers Can Recognize and Avoid Them
If you need some quick inspiration, consider these tips from pros.
Writing Tips from 7 Acclaimed Authors | Britannica.com
Here are some suggestions for handling a “cast of thousands.” Don’t introduce them all at once is the first piece of advice. This article doesn’t get into it, but you should probably consider whether you need them all, too.There’s a link to a previous post addressing that question inside “5 Tips.”
5 Tips For Writing Large Casts of Characters – The Storymonger.
Here’s an interesting article about short stories that provides insight about more than just the influence of Canadian writers on a North American magazine.
How Canadian Writers Changed The New Yorker | National Post.
If there are only a few basic plots to work from, retelling old stories would seem inevitable. Here’s an interesting discussion about the pros and cons of borrowing not just plots, but whole stories, cast and all.
Mythcreants » Five Rules for Retelling Old Stories.
A friend of mine told me about The Emotion Thesaurus a few weeks ago. I bought it immediately. My favorite parts are the physical descriptions of emotional responses. I haven’t used it yet, but I’ve been clicking through it (I bought the ebook) and I know it’s going to come in handy.
Sarah Winter: Writing Tips: The Emotion Thesaurus.