I just discovered this site — PUBlishing CRAWL — and had to check it out. These tips aren’t bad either.
2016 Debut Authors Share their Research Tips | Pub(lishing) Crawl
I’m working on a story set in the 1840s and I want the setting to be authentic. I’ve been thinking about how to do that without sounding like a history book. This post considers the same question. How much backstory is too much? (You may need to scroll past a bunch of menu items to get to the post.)
Research: Keeping the Backstory in the Back | Indies Unlimited
This is a list of posts about a variety of topics. If you’re in a writing rut, something here might help you climb out.
27 Posts That’ll Light a Fire Under Your Ass and Make You a Better Writer
I wish I had more time to read. I know I’m a writer because I loved the worlds I found in books. Books that are award-quality generate ideas and demonstrate craft. So these nominees for the Arthur C. Clarke Award are on my “sci-fi to read” list.
2015 Shortlist Announced | Arthur C. Clarke Award
Ever wake up and wonder if you’re really a writer? Do you think it’s time to forget this crazy dream and just get on with your day job? Before you decide, ask yourself what your real passion is.
Two Ways to Clarify Your Professional Passions – HBR
Here are more award winners to study and, perhaps, emulate.
2014 National Book Critics Circle Award winners announced – LA Times
Feeling like you’re just imagining you’re a writer? That you have no talent? And clearly lack a grip on reality? Bryan Hutcinson has felt all that. He found the inspiration to move beyond “Writer’s Doubt” from Joss Whedon.
What Joss Whedon Can Teach You About Writing (The Avengers Writer) | Positive Writer
I like to find less common sources of character-building inspiration. This post from Writer Unboxed provides several. Read one, pick a trait and use it as a writing prompt when you feel stuck on a character.
Writer Unboxed » The Science of Creating Authentic Characters
As I told some friends earlier today, I’m going to miss Leonard Nimoy. I remember being inspired to write one of my first science fiction stories because I liked Spock on Star Trek. I’m glad he, Nimoy, was able to live long and prosper.
Here’s an interview with him.
Leonard Nimoy: What I’ve Learned
Adding both authors and genres we don’t ordinarily read is a great way to learn as writers. I found Sunili Govinnage’s article from The Guardian intriguing.
I read only non-white authors for 12 months. What I learned surprised me | Sunili Govinnage | Comment is free | The Guardian
For another list of black authors, check out http://chroniclesofharriet.com/2012/11/01/great-black-authors-of-science-fiction-fantasy/.