How was everyone’s week? Mine has flown by and there’s still quite a bit on today’s to-do list. But first I wanted to swing through and leave you links to kick off your weekend. I’ve got some fun things lined up, so I hope you take a few minutes to go check them out. Regardless, wishing you a weekend filled with books and writing. Enjoy!
This interview is twenty-five-years old, and yet the discussion still seems relevant today. Toni Morrison talks to Bill Moyers about the depiction of people of color in literature as well as the role of that representation, both in reviews and in academic literary analysis.
This is the second part of a two-part interview, the first of which is titled On Love and Writing. You can view the first part here.
I was tempted to make this the first-day-of-spring edition, but none of the links I have are particularly spring-like, and also it’s only spring for half the planet, so… I’ll just be happy for Friday and call it a day.
It’s one of those jam-packed, work-filled weekends for me. I’m on vacation week after next, which means I have a longer-than-usual laundry list (in addition to actual laundry) and never enough time. But I hope you all have some fun plans for the next couple of days, whether you’re getting into the swing of slightly better weather, gearing up for fall, or shoveling yet more snow. Reading and writing are excellent activities no matter it’s doing outside, so be sure to squeeze some of those in as well.
But first, I have links! I hope they inspire and entertain. Enjoy!
Last October, Neil Gaiman sat down with Audrey Niffenegger at Bard College and had a lovely chat about writing and time travel and ideas and all sorts of other wonderful writerly things. It’s finally available online, and so I offer it up here to inspire and entertain you. It’s on the long side, so be sure to set aside a chunk of time to watch. Enjoy!
It’s back! The last couple of years I’ve been teaching a webinar through Writer’s Digest on how to kick your synopsis into shape, and I am happy to announce that I will be doing so once more.
The synopsis is one of those writerly tools that everyone knows they need, and everyone (seemingly) hates to write. I acknowledge that it can feel ridiculous to try and squeeze the gist of your long and detailed novel into a couple of pages, but that doesn’t mean it is an impossible task. In my 90 minute online class, I discuss the different types of synopses you might need to write, and break down the process to make it less daunting. In addition, anyone who registers for the live class receives a critique of their revised synopsis.
Class takes place Thursday, March 26th, 2015, at 1pm EDT, online. Everyone registered will receive access to the online replay of the event as well as the critique, so even if you can’t make the actual class time, consider registering in advance so you can take advantage of the critique feature.
For complete details, and to register, visit Writer’s Digest. I hope to see you in class!
Happy Friday! How’s your month going? We’re coming up on the mid-point for March, so I hope you’re making progress with your writing goals — both of the month and for the year. Time zips along, after all. No procrastinating, no excuses. Just get out there this weekend and commit words to paper or pixels.
Of course, I have links for you, too, so you might want to keep a few minutes free to check them out. There are some words of wisdom for writers, book recommendations, and so on. There should be a little something for everyone. Enjoy, and happy writing!
A very happy book birthday to Nalini Singh, whose latest Rock Kiss novel — ROCK HARD — is now available at your favorite e-tailer, both in paperback and e-book formats.
In New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh’s newest contemporary romance, passion ignites between a gorgeous, sinfully sexy man who built himself up from nothing and a shy woman who has a terrible secret in her past…
Wealthy businessman Gabriel Bishop rules the boardroom with the same determination and ruthlessness that made him a rock star on the rugby field. He knows what he wants, and he’ll go after it no-holds-barred.
And what he wants is Charlotte Baird.
Charlotte knows she’s a mouse. Emotionally scarred and painfully shy, she just wants to do her job and remain as invisible as possible. But the new CEO—a brilliant, broad-shouldered T-Rex of a man who growls and storms through the office, leaving carnage in his wake—clearly has other plans. Plans that may be equal parts business and bedroom.
If Charlotte intends to survive this battle of wits and hearts, the mouse will have to learn to wrangle the T-Rex. Game on.
Check out book two of this sexy series today and see how these two very different people learn to work — and play — together.
Down and dirty today, as I am off to Spokane, WA for the Power of the Pen Writer’s Conference. But I have Friday Links for you before I head out to the airport, because I wouldn’t want you feeling left out. I hope you’ve all got some good plans for the next couple of days, whatever your local weather/season/work load, etc., and that you find at least a bit of time to write and read for your own pleasure. Enjoy!
Author Cory Doctorow shares his lecture on the Shape of Stories at the July 2013 Clarion Writer’s Workshop held at UC San Diego. Some great tips here, and especially useful if you’re delving into a new length or genre. Certain aspects of storytelling transcend the form.
We crept into March over the weekend, which means we’re one step closer to spring in the northern hemisphere, particularly good news for those places that are neck-deep in snow. But it also means I get to remind you all of March Madness for Writers.
March Madness is a writing challenge I issued a couple of years ago for writers looking to take their work to the next level, whether that means committing to a daily writing practice, being braver with plot development, trying something completely out of your comfort zone, or whatever else springs to mind. Although I’m not planning to post a new version of the challenge here on the blog this month, I do encourage anyone who is interested to check out the original posts. It’s designed to be a four-week challenge, which makes today an excellent day to start, but you can really customize it in whatever way works best for you. The original challenge kicks off here.
And in other news, I’m happy to announce that I’m going to be doing another webinar through Writer’s Digest on how to write a synopsis. For those of you who missed this earlier, it’s a live, online webinar, that includes a copy of the final presentation and audio emailed to participants afterwards, and also a synopsis critique from me. The webinar will take place Thursday, March 26th, 2015, at 1pm ET. For more information and to register, check out the description here.