Friday Links

I’m off to Florida for the weekend to attend the Historical Novel Society Conference. The rumor is it’s going to be 90 degrees with thunder showers, so all in all, I’m glad that I’m going to be enjoying the hotel’s AC and chatting with writers and other bookish folk. I hope you all have something equally entertaining (though possibly less humid) planned for your weekends.

Whatever your plans, I have links for you! So squeeze them in between your activities or use them to help kill that last hour before quitting time. Whatever you do, enjoy. Happy weekend, and happy writing!

How to Get Out of Your Own Way When Writing – Some sound advice from author Elizabeth Knox.

Opportunities for Writers: July and August 2013 – A good roundup of contests, awards, etc.

Reading Novels Makes Us Better Thinkers – Not news to some of us, but interesting nevertheless.

A Map Showing the Original Meanings of Place Names in North America – Fun, and rather inspiring for anyone trying to create their own worlds/maps.

The What and Why of a Book Proposal – Primarily for nonfiction writers, but I’d recommend it for anyone looking to become a professional writer. Part of the Pro Series at the Tea and Cookies blog.