Elizabeth: More Gifts for Writers

10393951_868673773164678_4771891598503378537_nMichille passed along some great gift ideas for Writers and Readers in her post a few weeks ago, and I thought I’d add a few more items to the list for those who are still searching for that certain something for the writer in their life.

Books

Reading is right up there with Writing as an important part of a writer’s life.  It is a great way to broaden horizons, learn new things, mentally refresh, and have some fun.  What better way to get your writer reading than with a gift-certificate for a local bookstore, an eReader, or some actual books.

Need some help selecting the right book?  Micheline recently recommended Nancy Mitford’s 1945 novel, The Pursuit of Love and Lois McMaster Bujold’s Penric’s Mission.  You can find many other suggestions in our “What have you been reading” posts here, here, here, or here.  The internet is also full of suggestions, like The New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2016.

Looking for something a little more “educational” for your writer?  Continue reading

Michaeline: Lois McMaster Bujold Answers Three (Okay, Four) Questions about the Writing Process

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Today, we’ve got a short interview with Lois McMaster Bujold about the writing process. Just in time for National Novel Writing Month’s first weekend! Lois writes the thrilling tales of the Vorkosigan family, the Wide Green World, and the World of the Five Gods. This week, the third story about Penric in the W5G came out: Penric’s Mission was published on November 2, 2016. (Announcement on her Goodreads blog, here.) Lois is a master of speculative fiction, and her liberal use of romance in these genres makes her worlds rich and real. Grab a cyber beverage from the Eight Ladies Writing fridge, and pull up a seat!

MD: So, National Novel Writing Month is basically about creating a first draft of at least 50,000 words. What’s your favorite thing about writing the first draft?

LMB: Finishing it. (-:

Starting it runs a close second, true. Then, probably, those moments when a sticky knot gets suddenly undone by some neat idea or inspiration that I didn’t have — often couldn’t have had — earlier. Continue reading