It's Friday. Are you feeling it? I'm feeling it. Here are some links to get you through the weekend.
Inspiring your Quill
Should you write from your heart or follow trends? "Both," says Rachelle Gardner. Chip MacGregor thinks you need to be a triple threat of concept, craft, and creation to be published. Authoress asks if you've made writing your career? At Bookends, Christie Craig lists 5 bits of advice she's glad she didn't take.
Querying & Publishing
KT Literary lets you peak behind the curtain of how she evaluates queries. What I learned: know the agents you're querying. Guide to Literary Agents posts an agent Q&A about conferences. The Creative Penn gives tips for choosing the best book cover designer. BookEnds leads an interesting discuss on what works for social networking. Karen Gowen shares the secret to being published.
Janice Hardy gives tips for self-editing using the find command. Nina Hess offers a recovery plan for over-writing. TalkToYoUniverse examines the meaning of names. The Blood Red Pencil fixes deep POV mistakes. Cheryl Klein helps with punctuation. The Plot Whisperer offers a trick for showing character emotion. Wordplay avoids info dumps in dialogue. C. Patrick Schulze looks at the emotional side of setting. And Seekerville helps deepen your plot.
Amanda Luedeke of MacGregor Literary.
Are minotaurs the new vampire? And Stir Your Tea offers 50 query tricks every writer should try...Have you committed any of these querying sins?
I'm guilty of #27. I was a newbie to querying and had read that starting with a rhetorical question was a good idea. I know. Swine advice.