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Friday, March 12, 2010
This week sped by for me. Yet here we are again, ready for another Writers' Well. There are a lot of great writer posts this week as you'll see!
There are talks of cutting the LA Public Library budget. Lee Wind interviewed a librarian who explains the crisis and what can be done about it.
There are several great posts on Writing craft. Ben Esch (author of Sophomore Undercover) answers the question of how he gets ideas in an amusing way. There's a similar post on Teaching Authors that focuses on choosing what to write about. There's a sampling of writing advice on Laini Taylor's blog. My favorite is by Peter S. Beagle: "Invest in a comfortable pad for the chair in which you work." Teaching Authors has an interesting post on Character's Voice. The question, "Is it vital to write everyday?" is answered on the Dee Scribewriting blog. D. M. Cunningham discusses how Art inspires creativity.
Georgia McBride has a YALitChat followup (YALitChat is a weekly Twitter session) on her blog. It gives some fantastic information on the publishing industry. Day by Day Writer shows how Young Adult book sales are still up (Yah!). On Market My Words, Shelli has some great marketing tips.
There's an inspiring post on Cynsations with guest blogger Tom Angleberger author of The Strange Case of Origami Yoda.
I thought this post on the blog "I'm Here, I'm Queer, What the hell do I read?" was really cute. Lee Wind gives dad's 3 Secrets to Reading to Your Daughter. My favorite is number one: You Gotta Get Over Your Sparkle-Fairy-Pixie-Dust-Pink-Glitter Allergy.
There were a ton of fabulous interviews this week. On Cynsations, Cynthia Leitich Smith interviews M. T. Anderson on Writing Across Formats. It's a very interesting interview, especially if you've had thoughts on branding. If you're wondering what young adults actually think about YA novels, then you'll be interested in this interview. Holly Schindler interviews teen blogger/writer Sam of One Sparkling Star. Through the Wardrobe has an interview with Jan Godown Annino (author of She Sang Promise). Holly Cupala interviews Allan Stratton about his new novel Borderline. YA Fresh interviews Elizabeth Scott (author of The Unwritten Rule). Johanna Hurwitz (author of Amazing Monty) is interviewed on the Teaching Authors blog. Finding Wonderland and Writing with a Broken Tusk have posts on how Tu books is now an imprint of Lee & Low Books. The Enchanted Inkpot interviews editorial director of Tu Books, Stacy Whitman.
Georgia McBride reviews The Reinvention of Edison Thomas by Jaqueline Houtman. There's a funny review of Carrie Ryan's The Forest of Hands and Teeth (recently published in paperback) on the Paranormal Point of View blog.
YA author Marlene Perez announces some fabulous news. The first three novels in her Dead Is... series has been optioned to the Disney Channel!
If you want funny, it's hard to beat Kiersten Writes blog. I especially enjoyed her Teen! Drama! parody.
If there's a post you think other's would enjoy that didn't make it onto my list, please feel free to share it in the comments section. Have a wonderful weekend!