It’s Sunday night and homework abounds, but blogging is important too! Let’s jump straight into the links, shall we?
1. Right off the bat, we’ll start with a list of 40 Twitter Hashtags for Writers. While I’m certainly not the most active Twitterer (Tweeter?) in the world (I primarily use it to follow other people), these are definitely useful hashtags to know when one is looking for more editors/agents/authors to stal–I mean, follow.
2. Kristen Lamb’s thought-provoking look at why writers should look to non-writer groups to generate real publicity. It’s an article that seems almost hypocritical to post while participating in the Third Writers’ Platform-Building Campaign, but the points she makes are valid ones, and I think it’s true that writers can get so wrapped up in their cozy little writer-y worlds that they forget how things look down on the ground. Anyhow, worth reading and pondering.
3. A great article from Women On Writing about How to Diagnose Your Novel’s Strengths and Weaknesses. Covers several different and interesting techniques, including one from none other than Scott Westerfeld(!). If you’re in revisions or considering doing some revisions in the near future, it would be well worth your while to take a look at this.
4. While I think the terms “Mary Sue” and “Gary Stu” get tossed around so much that we’ve kind of lost the ability to define them clearly, I still think that this test is hilarious and fun for writers to play with. But maybe I only think that because Albert and Julia did not score very high. :-p Anyhoo, go poke at it and see how it works! EDIT: I’m going to score Albert and Julia individually and then put their scores in the comments. If you test your MC, leave me a comment telling me how s/he did!
5. Protagonize is a wonderful and unique community for writers because it allows for the creation of collaborative stories (e.g. “You write chapter one, I’ll write chapter two, etc.). I’ve been a member for over a year now, and although I wish I could say that I spent more time there, I do enjoy visiting and reading/commenting on the work of others. If you’d like some feedback for your writing, consider joining. And if you’re already on Protagonize, come find me and say hello!
6. While it might appear slightly sketchy at first glance, Query Tracker is actually an invaluable resource for writers who are already querying or who plan to query in the near (or, if you’re like me, distant) future. It provides tons of information about hundreds of literary agents, including their average response time, when they’re open to queries, what they’re looking for, and what other queriers are saying about a given agent. Super, super useful.
7. Finally, we’ll end with something nice. If you’ve never heard of Improv Everywhere, go look them up! They do tons of awesome/hilarious stuff all in the name of making someone’s day just a bit more fun or interesting. And in this instance, they let the people improve their own days:
That’s all for now, but keep your eyes peeled! Might a certain interview with a certain velociraptor be coming to you in the near future? It very well might…