Friday Links: Looking Back to Write Your Way Forward

Another Friday has crept up on us. It’s been a pretty intense week, filled with political strife and a few bombshells here in the U.S. I, for one, am looking forward to the weekend and stepping away from all forms of media for a bit, even though I know that might lead to a more startling Monday when I tune back in. But for my own sanity, I know I need to take a breather. And so I plan to do some personal reading, go for a run or two, and tomorrow I get to hang out with a client who is down with her family from Northern California for a few of days.

This week’s links are a kind of eclectic bunch, though I feel like some personal nostalgia inadvertently made itself known. I don’t plan these things; it’s just the sorts of links I happened to stumble upon. Nostalgia can be a good writing tool, as long as you don’t allow it to overtake your ability to be critical of your ideas. Regardless, I hope you find something intriguing in this lot and that you’re inspired to take a bit of time to yourself over the weekend to read a great book and/or work on your current writing project. Enjoy, and happy writing!

The True Story Behind Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and Her Mixed-Up Files – An interesting look at what was one of my favorite books growing up, and how it came to be.

A 17th-Century Alleged Witch Inspired Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ – A look into some of Atwood’s thought process on her famous novel.

On the Horror of Getting It Wrong in Print – One writer shares her reactions to learning her errors have gone to press.

More Thoughts about World Building and Food – Lincoln Michel goes deeper into his thoughts on the notion of world building, with a link to his earlier piece included.

The Political Murakami on Life in a Dark Time – How Murakami views the worlld post-9/11, and how that dark viewpoint influences his writing.

6 Tiny Letters for Readers and Writers – I’m a fan of the Tiny Letters – those subscriptions on a theme (or not) that show up randomly when their author decides to share some thoughts – and this round up offers a few intriguing ones.

5 Things to Include on Your Author Website if You’re Not Yet Published – Handy tips for populating that blank author site.

Friday Links

Happy Friday! I hope you all had a lovely week. I’m still digging out from under a huge pile of work, but otherwise I’m happy to say my summer cold is finally improving, and I finally have working air conditioning again. So all in all, a very good week.

I’m back with this week’s links, and I tried to make them pop a little more than usual to make up for last Friday’s lack. As a result, they’re a little more all over the place in terms of subject, but that just means there should be something for everyone. Enjoy, and have a fabulous weekend!

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Books You Absolutely Must Read in August – A great list of new releases for the month.

10 Reasons Every Fiction Writer Should Learn Technical Writing – I’m not saying this is something you absolutely must do, but it’s a very interesting take on what you might get from adding this skill to your arsenal.

Ursula K. LeGuin Launches Online Writing Workshop – Pretty much as stated.

On Ambition (Or Whatever) – An interesting look at this things that drive us.

Haruki Murakami: The Moment I Became a Novelist – A peek at the writer’s magical moment of conviction.

Master Penman Jake Weidmann – A look at keeping craft alive.