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Roundup: Great Writing Links from around the web, 12/5-12/9

1. 12 Holiday Gifts that Writers Will Actually Use, The Millions.com

 

 

 

 

 

This article made me laugh. I don’t agree with all of them, but a manicure would be very welcome. I’ll add it to my wishlist. Yes I still make a wishlist.

 

 2. The 90 Secrets of Bestselling Authors, Writer’s Digest

90 authors share their secrets. I like number 3. Admittedly I didn’t read them all. (I wish I had that kind of an attention span!)

—No. 3—
“Good writing is remembering detail. Most people want to forget. Don’t forget things that were painful or embarrassing or silly. Turn them into a story that tells the truth.”
—Paula Danziger

 

 

3. 6 Tips to Make the Learning of Fiction Less Painful, Jody Hedlund

If you don’t read Jody’s blog regularly, add it to your blogroll ASAP! Jody offers tons of practical advice on writing, and her blog is just awesom, well kept, regularly updated (Tuesdays and Thursdays) goodness.

“…very few people are born as writing geniuses. I certainly wasn’t. Most of us have to learn how to write fiction similar to any other subject like typing, reading or algebra. And while there are many ways to learn how to write, one of the best ways to learn anything is to STUDY and then PRACTICE.”

 

 

 

 

4. Cassandra Clare shares her writing advice over on Mediabistro.com.

“Read everything! Don’t just read things that are in your comfort zone or things that you think you’re already going to like. Experiment; try new stuff and try new genres. If you read a lot of romance, then start reading mystery. If you read a lot of mystery, start reading fantasy.”

 

 

 

5. Ten Writing Craft Techniques that will Save you Five Years

Five years you say? Well, a few hours at least. Janis Hubschman shares what she has learned over the years, and it’s pretty good stuff.

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