April already. Has spring sprung properly where you are yet?
6 Reasons Writers Can’t Write….
Victoria Grefer on the Crimson League blog about the commonest reasons writers get stuck not writing.
Here are six things, that in different times or in various combinations, have prevented me from writing. It’s important to do your best to understand why the task feels daunting when it becomes that way. Often it’s easy to blame the BIG reason, the obvious reason, when the true barrier might be a combination of different factors. Sometimes, addressing the obvious issues doesn’t do quite enough to get us motivated again.
Is it spring yet? If not, why not? Okay, it’s still pretty nippy here, so cuddle up in your thermals and check out some links.
Fatal Submission Mistakes
Writers worry they’re going to ruin their chances before their books are even read. Wendy Lawton on Books and Such discusses how some fatal mistakes are not as fatal as you think. Take her quiz to find out which is which!
1) At a writer’s conference you pitched your book to an agent who seemed very interested. She handed you her business card and asked you to send the proposal and first three chapters. The trouble is, you learned so much at the conference you wanted to make changes before you sent it. How time flies while fiddling with a manuscript. It’s now nearly a year later, you’re heading to the conference again and chances are that agent may see you even though you plan to avoid her at all costs. Fatal submission mistake? Yes or No
Happy Valentine’s Day!
I hope you’ve love these links I’ve gathered for you.
In Defense of the Gatekeepers
Hilary Monahan on why the much feared gatekeepers of publishing are a good thing.
2) Quality control exists in every facet of our lives.
Every part in your car was inspected by number fourteen to make sure when you put your key in the ignition, your gilded chariot doesn’t explode in a fiery ball of death. Every implement in a doctor’s hands was inspected to ensure it passes standards before the doctor removes your spleen. Your jeans were inspected to make sure the stitching is secure and your fly doesn’t stay down exposing your tallywhack to children at the mall. Your goddamned CHEETOS were inspected to make sure you don’t get some conjoined twin giant Cheeto in your bag of snacks. Quality control is, by and large, a great thing that improves our lives. Until it’s not working to your personal advantage, I guess?
Happy new year all! Here are some lovely links to start the new year. For 2015 I’m moving the links post to the second weekend of the month.
And They All Lived Epiloguey Ever After
Anna Campbell on Romance University talks about epilogues and defends their presence in Romance novels.
And do you know what? If I was writing those first four books today, I’d give them epilogues too!
Why? Because romance readers ADORE epilogues.
They want to linger with the characters. They want to see that everything is OK. They want to know if there are babies or other major changes for the people they’ve come to love. Readers want one last happy glimpse of the world the author has created.
A little early, because better that than nearly a week into December. If only I had 24 links you could treat them as an advent calendar and open one a day.
Writer’s Wednesday – The Importance of Diversity
Maisey Yates guest posts on the Pink Heart Society blog about interracial relationships and the importance of diversity in category romance.
You will probably have to contend with the odd ugly letter, and hideously unaware review that says grossly offensive things about interracial relationships “turning the reader’s stomach.” (This happened to Jules Bennet in a review for her novella in the Animal Attraction anthology. I stumbled onto that review and let me tell you…it turned MY stomach.)