Hello my friends, and apologies for the delay this week in getting my “regular” feature to your screen; a simple case of too much to do and not enough time, hands or brains. That, and Saturday night required some extensive recovery.
Particularly close to home last week was the rioting that saw many parts of London and, successively, Britain succumb to the mindless violence and criminality that our “sick”* society is capable of. It certainly is scary to realise it’s a numbers game when it comes to the survival of civilisation. What I mean by that, is if we take the literal meaning of civilisation as being the most advanced stage of society, then these rioters are not part of that civilisation. Yet all the advances we’ve made that has brought us to the state we’re in today could be wiped out tomorrow, and all it would take is a few more heathens with a lack of moral. Police were stretched as it was, and I’m sure it wouldn’t take many more to create a sustained level of unrest. It’s easier to tear down than to build up.
* as David Cameron, British Prime Minister, described it/them… us?
But enough of that depressing “what if” kind of thinking, and on to what really matters–the world of writing.
In The News
- Publishing Gives Hints of Revival, Data Show: After all the doomsayers throwing in their 2-cents worth, here’s a lovely ray of light.
- Demme to shoot Stephen King’s JFK novel: Whether you like his work or not, he should be an inspiration to every unpublished author. It’s what we should all strive for. If you’re not quite following me, “11/22/63″, King’s JFK novel of the headline, hasn’t even been published yet. And this isn’t the first time it’s happened.
- How Do I Find an Agent?: I’ve frequently blogged about writing the query letter to the agent, but this is a good resource for actually finding the people you send that letter to.
- Why Are Agents Speaking Anonymously About Amazon Publishing?: Doesn’t really answer the question, but is an interesting discussion never-the-less.
The Writing Process
- What It’s Like Being A Writer: I had to include this, as it’s a funny and well-written analysis of the writer and his/her connections to the world. I figured that of all the sections, it was most suited to “The Writing Process”.
- Taking Stock of the Market: Always with the informative posts, Pimp My Novel explains how the book market is like the stock market, though I would argue that there are those of us who invest for the longterm (meaning we can write what we want, when we want).
- Hostage Situations from a Criminal’s Perspective: An amazingly good post for any crime-fiction writer out there. I imagine B. Mac had fun doing the research for this (that or he knows way too much about something he really shouldn’t).
- On Endings: They are tricky, aren’t they? Just like there’s a Goldilocks zone for planets (not too hot, not too cold, just right to support life), endings are the same. Not too soppy, not too confusing etc.
The Reading Process
- Can We Trust Self-Published Writers?: Looking at it from the reader’s perspective can give some insight.
- Last Night on Twitter…: On Janet Reid’s blog, she mentions how she tweeted about a word one of her clients uses knowing that it infuriates her. She didn’t reveal the word. You can imagine what happens next.