And now for this #8sunday’s literary links:
- Tom Pollock: Writing Around a Day Job – “Prioritize the people. They’re more important.” Whether this involves you being a college student or an attorney or a mom of three kids, everyone’s got that OTHER-MAJOR-COMMITMENT which could fill in for the “day job” part of his article. Mainly, he’s reminding everyone to live a balanced life – yes, go outside and do things! Hang out with your friends! Run a marathon! (Not that I’d ever do the last one but, you know, you could.) Your writing will be there when you return.
- 8 Things I Wish I Had Known About Twitter When I Started Blogging – “Be ridiculous – but do it with class.” (And please do not send automated DM’s asking me to like your FB page.) Kelsey’s great article applies to authors, book bloggers, companies … it just covers Twitter in general. Super helpful for all those on the platform and for those thinking about starting an account.
- Finishing Line – “Finish it. Whatever it is.” Whatever project you’re working on, stick with it! Don’t doubt it. Continue forward. You owe it to yourself.
- Dealing with Criticism – “I put as much distance as possible between myself and the thing I have made.” This is actually a video from Charlie McDonnell after he finished a short film and posted it on YouTube. It’s a great video for any writer/director/creative content maker on the subject of reviews.
- To Build A Story: The Feels – “Yes, there are scenes later where she considers her mom and feels sad and everything, but she never really grieves, and never initially deals with it.” Victoria has an awesome writerly blog everyone should go follow, and this article’s especially relevant. I’m guilty; I always forget to pause and take in the emotions of the characters. Unless you’re writing a story where human emotions don’t exist in your story whatsoever – we react to things! We get upset. Think of the characters’ instinctual reactions.
- This photo tweet from Erin Niumata:
- A book store where books are wrapped in paper with short descriptions so no one would “judge a book by its cover”
I think it’s at one of Elizabeth’s Bookshops in Australia. Some stores have a “Blind Date with a Book” section. Either way, it’s a cool concept!
- Introducing The Hottest Young Adult Author In The World – I know this one’s been making the rounds already on a lot of book blogger tweets … if you didn’t know who Pierce Brown was before, you do now.