Friday Links

Anyone else beginning to feel like there’s a mad rush toward the end of the year? I keep doing a double take every time I glance at the calendar. It’s a little disconcerting. I’m not quite ready for the holiday season, and yet it’s pretty much upon us.

Enough puzzling over the speed of everything. It is Friday, which means links! I’m quite pleased with this week’s selection, and I hope you all find them useful as well. I know quite a few of you are still plowing along with NaNoWriMo, but it’s always good to take a little break, and perhaps some of these will offer up a little fresh inspiration. Enjoy, and happy weekend to all!

The 10 Types of Writer’s Block (And How to Overcome Them) – Some handy tips for various stages of the creative process.

Stacked: 2014 Contemporary YA Books to Get On Your Radar – A terrific round up of some of next year’s YA titles, for anyone working on that to-read list.

Don’t Blame the Homogeneity of Your Novel on Historical Accuracy – A fabulous blog post from Mary Robinette Kowal on diversity in historical fiction.

On Sticky Notes, Character Wheels, and Russian Folklore, Or… Planning a Novel – A guest post in which author Jodi McIsaac discusses her system for plotting out her novels.

Doug Dorst Talks about Working with J.J. Abrams – An interesting interview about their book-within-a-book project and how it came together.