Michille: Websites and Blogs

Internet_map_1024_-_transparentIn case you don’t have enough websites bookmarked, Facebook pages liked, or other favorite internet places on your check-every-day list, I am sharing some of my favorite time-wasters, ah, I mean websites and blogs that have interesting information, tips, and inspiration for writers.

There is a new scholarly blog that I just love (I love the recent focus on the scholarly aspect of popular romance) – Penetrating Analysis by Anne Bornschein. She just started the blog in December but I like the posts and links she has up. Besides the fabulous title, she has links to some of her favorite pages, other romance scholar pages, and books she is currently reading (a good place to find well-written new romances). Her site states that she plans to post a couple times a week. I particularly like this one entitled “Why Study Romance as Literature.”

Eight Lady Jeanne sent this one to the other ladies recently – Advanced Fiction Writing by Randy Ingermanson. There is an E-zine with good fiction writing information and some good articles on the site. I particularly like this one on The Snowflake Method. He does sell a few products which I have not purchased. I’d be interested to know if anyone else has.

A good blog I found by following a link on Facebook is Writers Write founded by Amanda Patterson. There are informative posts like this one on the four-act structure (which I use), but there are also interesting graphics and captioned pictures that pop up on Facebook that are inspiring and/or funny and help keep my writing spirits up. The Writer’s Almanac is a good one to like on Facebook because little quotes pop up on your feed. Individual pages I have found helpful are Neil Gaiman’s 8 Rules of Writing and 6 Tips On Writing From john Steinbeck.

And of course TED. We recently replaced our broken elliptical with a new on in our workout area at home. I have taken advantage of my time on it to catch up on all the TED talks I keep meaning to watch like these 10 or these 11. Elizabeth Gilbert has a good one on Your Elusive Creative Genius.

Happy time wasting! Do you have any favorites to share?

10 thoughts on “Michille: Websites and Blogs

  1. Curse you! I just spent way too much time on the Writers Write page, reading what people thought about prologues. I got riled up, so that was fun. I don’t go to any sites often, but I occasionally go to Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s site at http://kriswrites.com. She writes thought-provoking blogs and has a good section on the business of publishing, too.

      • I love the Rusch blog and also read Joanna Penn: http://www.thecreativepenn.com/blog/ who has quite a lot to say about the publishing market and in particular self publishing. I have no idea if I will self- or traditionally-publish (just got to write the damn thing first) but I am keen to understand the market as well as I can, so that – when I finally get there – I’ve got a good idea of what I’m pitching and how it fits into the wider world.

        I’m off to check out the scholarly blogs now – thanks for the links Michille.

        • (-: I’m always tickled when someone’s occupation matches their name. Mr. Gardiner, who grows sweet peas, for example. You never know with writers if it was luck or deliberate choice (well, unless you ask). But that’s very cute. Joanna Penn.

        • Thanks for that link, Rachel! I’ve been scouring the murky corners of the internet, trying to look at the self-publishing beast from many angles. It’s great to get her perspective as well.

  2. The Atlantic has a really good series of writer interviews. It’s called By Heart, and I hope this link is a list of them. http://www.theatlantic.com/special-report/by-heart/ I think the first one I read was this one: http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2013/03/get-fit-with-haruki-murakami-why-mohsin-hamid-exercises-then-writes/273722/ about why exercise is important to the writer. But the essays talk about all sorts of aspects of writing. I haven’t read them all, and just looking at the list . . . well, let’s say the rest of my morning is going to be shot reading about how to write.

    • That was funny at the beginning, Michaeline – a writer’s body hunched over the computer, no water, only coffee and cigarettes. I do the hunching part and not the rest but I loved the image.

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