As you’re working through your new goals for this year, you may find some helpful information in the following articles. It’s been one of those months where every other email I open has some great tidbit in it and I wanted to share it all with you. Some of it is news, some are warnings, some have opportunities, and some have ideas for your craft. Hopefully, some of it will help you to have a more successful year! :)
I saw a documentary on TV that a friend of mine produced and it was so fascinating that I went online to find more information. Here is a post from 2009 at The Book Deal about how your brain works and whether you can help it become more creative to improve your writing.
I’m excited to find out about John Maxwell’s new 1-minute word-of-the-day videos. John is an excellent motivational speaker and writer. I’ve read several of his books and they have helped me in building the kind of writing business I can be happy with. I get the daily video in my Inbox and each one helps me to focus on a characteristic that could make me a better leader, including leading myself.
There are some writing contests that are gimmicks for bad business. Agent Janet Reid tells you about one to beware of (though I think with all the bad press this last week, the contest’s web site is already down) and she gives you the warning signs for future reference. The Writer Beware blog also has a good post on agent solicitations and how to spot the red flags. And here’s an article from WritersWeekly about a company that buys 5-star book reviews and recruits writers to write them.
The Romance Writers of America’s Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal chapter’s blog is bursting with great articles on the craft – world building and more world building, creating a story bible, secrets of successful authors, point of view, what to do with your blog, and so much more. This is a great blog for picking up lots of useful tips!
At Inkhaven, there’s a re-post of a blog called Lessons from the Slush Pile. The author is an Assistant Editor at a magazine.
I’ve seen a few emails about Jerry Seinfeld’s Don’t Break the Chain calendar. CJ Lyons talks about it here. It’s a fun and simple way to keep working on your writing career every day. Download your own free calendar from The Writer’s Store here.
I’m linking to this 2006 interview with YA and children’s book writer Cornelia Funke because I love her work! As with so many great writers, there are lots of little encouragements and tips to be gleaned by reading the interview.
Finally, living in Australia, I must comment on the Queensland floods. A friend of a friend posted this article about the amazing generosity of strangers and included pictures of her mother’s house and the wonderful people who helped them clean up. The generosity of writers and readers around the world is helping to replace books in libraries, and give books away to people who have lost everything and need a little storytelling escape. The Romance Writers of Australia have organized ways for you to help here.
Kitty Bucholtz is a writer and speaker, and a member of Romance Writers of America and Romance Writers of Australia. She co-founded Routines for Writers (http://www.routinesforwriters.com/) a web site dedicated to helping writers write more. In 2011, Kitty will receive her Master of Arts degree in Creative Writing from University of Technology, Sydney.