Happy Friday, and welcome to October! It’s the month for fall colors, crisp apples and shiny pumpkins, Halloween costumes, and NaNoWriMo prep (for those of you who go for that sort of thing). Of course in my neck of the woods, it’s supposed to hit 100 degrees again over the weekend, but I’m studiously ignoring that fact and planning a good fall housecleaning; time to haul old electronics out for recycling and to donate books to the library.
What do you have planned for your weekend? A short getaway? A cozy couple of days at home with the family? Some quality time with your WIP? Whatever you’ve got on the schedule, I hope you enjoy. And if you’re looking for a bit of a break, I have a huge list of links this week to offer up some distraction. Happy writing!
12 Essential Essays for Writers – A great roundup with inspiration for all.
First Pages: Tips to Avoid Cliches and Weak Writing – Some good advice on how to craft a strong first page.
10 Lessons from Real-life Revolutions that Fictional Dystopias Ignore – Food for thought if you’re writing a dystopian novel (or considering it).
Fiction Podcast: George Saunders Reads Grace Paley and Barry Hannah – Sit back and enjoy.
How I Forgot to Write – An interesting look at how the business of creating a career can alter your intended trajectory.
For Sale: Gloucester Home, Possibly Haunted by T.S. Eliot – An inspirational location, regardless.
When Science Fiction Grew Up – An intriguing look at the genre from the late 1950s through the mid-1970s, including a long list of titles. Great for anyone looking to brush up on their sf history/reading.