Links of the Week

Illustrated Pretties – some lovely covers here!

What Tools does a Professional Writer Use? – my list would vary quite a bit, although some of the differences are likely due to the matter that Buckell is a full-time writer while I work a day job

In Praise of Backstory – which I found interesting, particularly inasmuch as I’m working on a lengthy series of related short stories where I am always weighing how much to include in any given work

How to Find Inspiration: Fiction Therapy – some tips for writing from life

What Does Amazon’s “Project Zero” Anti-Counterfeiting Plan Mean for You? – this is mostly geared towards non-textual items (as I read the article at least), but will be interesting to see if/how it extends (anti-piracy anyone?)

What’s in a Name? Naming Characters in Historical Fantasy – for “a name is a significant part of a character” and names set up differing expectations. There’s a lot of possibilities—and places one can (un)wittingly trip

Good Parts and Bad Parts – about the different tasks involved in being a professional writer, which I where I’m headed (not a full-time writer, as I actually like my day job quite a bit, but professional)

Trope-tastic Musicals – in which a romance writer organizes musicals (theatrical and film) by the romantic tropes they fall into, with very interesting results (plus ample commentary on which elements have weathered time and which are cringe-worthy)

Links of the Week

Some of the posts which caught my eyes (and attention) in the past week.

Biased Opinion – The Destructiveness of Voting Slates in Book Awards

Madame Fourcade’s Secret War (review)

On Life Changing Experiences and Fear

Tips for Complex Historical Research – not mine but another writer’s. Perhaps I’ll try to encapsulate mine for writing historical fantasy/magical realism some day; in the meantime, check out my Tuesday posts for musings on historical sites (web and real-life) and books.

Have We Lost Our Empathy – on hard decisions and the difference between empathy and sympathy

On Writing Process, Part Four: Submitting that first novel & rejection

Finding the Voice – an interesting take on voice

New Worlds: Public Sanitation – something to consider in world building!

Writing Tips: How to Authentically Write Diversity – advice to consider

Transported by Words – a writer of historical fantasy / timeslip who’s work I enjoy writing about another writer who’s work I enjoy . . .

Links of the Week (or two)

Once or twice a month, I’ll share stories which caught my eye during blog reading