Thursday, February 25, 2010

Ten rules for writing fiction x a whole bunch of authors

Ten rules for writing fiction by Elmore Leonard and a whole bunch of other authors:
Ten rules for writing fiction | Books | guardian.co.uk

Of course after reading that, you'll want to read "A reader's advice to writers."

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Heads-up on these...

Our latest The Word Guild Bulletin contains links to a lot of fine resources.

Here are some poetry-publishing (and other genres too) opportunities:



Here are a few articles on craft.


Also FYI: a couple of rants about punctuation from Taddle Creed Mag
  • "The Period" - about no extra spaces after punctuation

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Good to know if you review historicals

This great little article helped me understand a special type of historical novel - the Regency. Apparently there are two kinds, the Regency and the Regency Historical. I looked for info while reviewing Julie Klassen's The Silent Governess, which, according to Mary Jo Putney's definition, is a bona fide Regency:

"The Regency vs. the Regency Historical: A Regency Expert Explains the Difference.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

D. W. Smith on Literary Agents

Interesting piece putting the boot to the popular notion that as a writer you're doomed without an agent. If we're to take Mr. Smith at face value, we might be more doomed with one.

Dean Wesley Smith » Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing: Agents Know Markets

h/t: N. J. Lindquist