Happy Friday, everyone! Whether you’re gearing up for holidays or simply motoring through the end of your week, it’s a festive time of year and I hope you’re taking some time out to enjoy a great book or squeeze in a little writing. Those of you participating in the December Writing Challenge are in the home stretch now, with just over a week left until the end of the month. Keep up that daily habit and you’ll find yourself all primed to write your heart out in the new year.
In case you’re looking for a little bit of a break from all the hectic activity this time of year, I’ve got some fun links for you this week. I hope they give you some inspiration or just a nice change of pace from shopping and cooking and getting ready for friends and family. Enjoy, and happy writing!
The Art of Revision: Most of What You Write Should Be Cut – Some handy advice, especially for anyone reworking their NaNo novel.
Farewell to the Reader in Chief – A look back at President Obama’s dedication to reading and literacy.
Stephanie Danler on Having Your First Book Blow Up – The author discusses her experiences with having her debut become a hit.
18 Non-Book Gifts for Literary People – Some last-minute shopping ideas for those bookish types on your list.
The Paris Review Staff Picks: Our Favorite Reads of 2016 – A series of lists from various Paris Review contributors.
The POC Guide to Writing Dialogue in Fiction – Some tips on how to get it right.