Friday Links

Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you’ve all had a terrific week and that your weekend plans are shaping up or even roaring ahead.

If you’ve been participating in March Madness for Writers, you’re a week into the month already! Congratulations on making it this far. For those of you who might have cheated a bit along the way — maybe missed a day or two of writing? — have no fear. Now is the perfect time to recommit. While the goal is to meet the challenge head on, the reality is that life can sometimes get in your way. The important thing is to learn to differentiate between those tasks that you must take care of and those that rise up simply to distract you from your writing. You know the type I mean…

But today is Friday, and Friday means links. I’ve got a good assortment this week, and I hope a few will inspire you all to new writing (and reading) heights. Have a great weekend, and happy writing!

What I Look for in a Rough Draft – Some notes from an editor at Random House. Keep in mind that “rough draft” here means the manuscript that has not yet been worked on by the editor. In many cases, it’s the writer’s final draft…before submission. Agents look for these things, too.

The Thick of It – Author and reviewer Lev Grossman talks about being in the middle of working on a novel.

Fiction Podcast: Edwidge Danticat Reads Jamaica Kincaid – Part of The New Yorker series of authors reading other authors. Lovely look at two of Kincaid’s short stories, with wonderful insight from Danticat.

50 Sci-Fi and Fantasy Works Every Socialist Should Read – Great list from China Mieville, all personal politics aside.

10 Ways Proven to Draw Readers to Your Novel’s Website – Some excellent suggestions.

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