Thursday’s walk on the blog side…

walking along the coast in St. Ives, Cornwall

You may have noticed I’ve started a regular weekly write-up featuring entertaining, intriguing, thought-provoking, or educational posts from other bloggers. Do you like the title of my entry? It has a bit of a ring to it, no? And since I’m “walking on the blog side”, it seems fitting to add a picture of scenery I enjoyed on my travels. (You may see lots of Cornwall in the future.)

Still here? All right! Enjoy the picture, or read on.

RSGuthrie at Rob on Writing: Show Me A Totally Clean Manuscript (Sans Deals With The Devil)
No matter how many eyes you have on a draft, avoiding typos is not easy. I’ve read my manuscript cover to cover at least 4 times, had 3 betas read it, and I still find typos, missing words, missing spaces (between words), and too many spaces (between words or after punctuation).

@damyantig  Write, Re-write, Rinse, Repeat
“…all writing is re-writing…just let go and write. And then Re-write, Rinse, Repeat.”
I’ve increased my word output by following this advice. The original words I get down on paper are far from perfect. But I’m adding words. Adding new content. I can always go back and make it pretty after I get to end. If the page is blank, there are no words; no new content; nothing to edit. Write. Keep writing. Fix it later.

Here’s the Thing: The Trouble with Published Fanfiction – An Open Letter to the Publishing Industry | peculiar light
The discourse continues. Bottom line: greed drives the market. Will this ever change?

Avoid Opening With Dialogue | Jane Friedman
The second draft of Family Peace opened with dialogue. I’d already decided that wasn’t working and re-worked the first few lines before I read Jane’s post. I don’t think I was able to put a finger on what the problem was – I just knew I didn’t like it. Jane provided the answer for me in this excellent post.

What’s Inside DOES Matter. | J W Manus
Jaye talks about aesthetics and e-books and her adventures with HTML. If you are thinking of self-publishing, check out the great links on her blog.

Unlocking Your Great Future-5 Keys to Writing Success by Kristen Lamb
Kristen’s “motto in regards to writing comes from Hannibal: Aut viam inveniam aut facial. I will either find a way or I will make one.”  Passion. Self-Discipline. Humility. Embrace failure.

What are you reading?

  1. Jadey Avatar

    Hi Char,
    I just wanted to say, I’m enjoying your regular posts featuring posts from other bloggers. I don’t always have the time to read all of them, but those that I do read are often, as you say, entertaining, intriguing, thought-provoking, or educational. Cheers!
    Lovely pic of the Cornish coast, by the way.

    1. Char Avatar

      It’s nice to hear you find time to read a few of the posts I link to. Our days are so busy with work, family, and writing, aren’t they? There are so many things to read – books even!! I should write a post on squeezing in reading… hm…. 🙂

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