Friday, September 10, 2010

This Week in the Writing World...September 10

by Brooke Favero

Everyone remembers where they were when 9/11 happened. Me, I was getting ready for work but called in a sick day after the second plane crashed. I recently discussed the events of 9/11 with my children and choked on the story of the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania. Heroes and villains. Good vs. evil. A nation united in hope.

Where were you on 9/11?

Building Your Platform
BookEnds gives sound advice on twittering and other public social media. Confident Writing gives a simple guide to running a Facebook page.

Nathan Bransford explains how to deal with contradictory querying advice. Kidlit tells how she evaluates full manuscripts. Rachelle Gardner gives her opinion on revision letters and gives an insider view of a pub committee meeting. The Lit Coach offers advice on how to lure an agent. Pimp My Novel reminds us: timing is everything.

Writer Unboxed reminds us that the writing is in the rewriting. The Blood Red Pencil provides a handy self-editing checklist. Guide to Literary Agents helps you grow your writers group. Janice Hardy fleshes out characters. Wordplay asks does your story have enough mystery? Advanced Fiction Writing makes sense of the story structure. Nathan Bransford shares the seven keys to great dialogue. Inkygirl links to a JoNoWriMo.

If you still haven't talked enough about Mockingjay, check out this interesting poll over at Adventures in Children's Publishing. I was in the majority for most of the questions. Oh, and if you're in need of a little good fortune, pick carefully.


Summer Ross said...

Wow- so many great links...

Trai said...

Thanks for the 9/11 tribute.

I was living in LA at the time, so it was 7:30 or so when it started happening. No one knew what to do, whether to go to work, or just sit there stunned...

I did go to work, but few others did. LA is very attached to NYC, we all had friends and family there.

One guy who did come to work made a lasting impression on me. He stood in his office doorway, bragging about his golf game over the weekend.

That's when I went home to watch the coverage.

Kerrie said...

I was on my way to my teaching job when I heard about the first plane crash on the radio and got to work in time to see the second one hit on television. I have 2 cousins who live in NYC (Nicole worked across the street from the World Trade Center). It took about 3 hours before we found out that she and her brother were safe.

This summer my family and I went to New York City. Nicole took us on a powerful tour of ground zero--sharing her personal story of what she experienced on 9/11. She said she still has a part of The Towers because she has the shoes she wore that day that are still covered in ash.

Thanks for the 9/11 tribute and for putting together another great list of links and articles from the week.

Name: Luana Krause said...

I had just gotten back from a morning run and my mother called me from Oklahoma. She said to turn on my TV (I don't have the TV on in the morning). The first plane had hit and as I watched the burning building, I saw the second one hit. I went to work and everyone was shocked. We didn't have a TV there, so we were going online to try to get news. NY Times online was out (naturally), but the Boston Globe online had updates. The worst part for me was watching the people jumping from the buildings.

Clarissa Draper said...

Great links.

Where was I on 911. I was in the car on the way to work and when I turned on the radio, the announcer was crying. Needless to say, not much work took place that day.


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