Links of the Week 6/17

Here are the most interesting (and useful) links I’ve collected over the past week related to books, reading, and writing.


Cortney Phillips posts at WriterHouseBlog about being a writer on your own terms and how to stop feeling guilty if you don’t write every day.

Shortly after the death of Iain Banks, Annelee Newitz posted at about his science fiction work and 11 rules of good writing he left behind.

A Ghost Writers Blog has a delightful infographic on their site about how to write the plot of a story.

Over at The Creative Penn, Joanna Penn asked her email list for productivity tips and boy, did they have lots to say!

Robin LaFevers at Writer Unboxed wants us to look at and study the books that make up our individual Writerly DNA.

Also at Writer Unboxed, Lisa Cron talks about what’s wrong with “the hero’s journey” and what a story is really all about–and no, it’s not the plot.

The Kill Zone‘s guest post from Jodie Renner is a handy checklist for adding suspense and tension to your stories.

Paint chips from your local Home Depot can make all the difference in visualizing your characters and improving your story, according to Lynn Viehl at her Paperback Writer blog.

Roz Morris guest blogs on publishing expert Jane Friedman’s website that not all detail is good detail.

Also guest posting on Jane’s site, Darcy Pattison explains why when reading submissions, editors focus so much on page one.

J. Chris Lawrence at Flash Fiction Chronicles gives us five tips for more realistic and convincing characters.

Want to freelance? Susan Johnston provides links five podcasts useful to freelance writers at The Urban Muse.

From first draft to publication: K.M. Weiland details her 15-step editing process at Worplay: Helping Writers Become Authors.


Over at Manarchy, Gabino Iglesias shares five reasons why most of what you’re reading probably sucks. Likely the most important takeaway? Indie presses are awesome so stop reading just the best-seller lists.

The Guardian reports an undiscovered collection written by James Joyce in 1923 is  published this month, just in time for Bloomsday.

Three years after his death, J.D. Salinger’s life is about to become not so private. Check out the first trailer for the forthcoming documentary Salinger here.

Kristine Kathryn Rusch‘s reading taste has a pretty wide range, and her monthly recommended reading lists are always worth a look. The list for May is no exception.


Harvard’s Graduate School of Design offers a lab class, the Library Test Kitchen, with a goal to “create a hybrid space where analog and digital coexist,”–so says this article in the Boston Globe.


Angela Greenfield gives us some “What ifs” to help break down writer’s block over at

The Write Practice ended their series on The Seven Basic Plots with an explanation and exercise in traditional comedy. (Be sure to check the links at the top of the page for plots 1 through 6!)


Daily Writing Tips occasionally has super-helpful lists of synonyms–like this one with 40 words for “different.”

A fantastic resource is the Bookshelf Muse‘s Physical Attribute Thesaurus. Go here for about descriptors (and much more!) for “athletic build.”

Lynn Viehl at Paperback Writer gives us Ten Things You Can Have for Free–ranges from  a personal organizer application (useful) to a tea timer (kinda silly).


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