Monday, September 27, 2010

Resource Round-Up: RSS Feeds for Writers

I have a large number of websites I follow on a regular basis, and an RSS feed collection site called Bloglines has been my best tool for that. However, Bloglines is ceasing operations on October 1st and I thought this is a perfect time to take a look at some of my favorite writing-related feeds.

Advice To Writers

Jon Winokur is the author of Advice To Writers. He finds these awesome clips about writing from writers and posts them daily. Here's one at random:
There Is No Rule on How to Write

There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it's like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.

Author Tech Tips

AuthorTechTips is a site dedicated to helping authors use technology to build thier online platforms. It appears to be a labor of love from Thomas Umstattd. He provides a lot of advice on technical issues (How to Get Twitter to Update Your Facebook Status) and lists (The Top 5 Author Website Mistakes).

Fuel Your Writing
Fuel Your Writing was created... as the inspirational “go to” site for writers of all flavors: business writers, novelists, short story, advertising, technical writers…the list goes on and on. Stop by to pick up ideas, the latest news in the writing world and knowledge about your fellow wordsmiths.
Nancy Kress

SF author Nancy Kress is a great writer and a great writing instructor. She is a wise author who gets to the heart of what works and why. Her no-nonsense posts suggest she could have been a technical writer in another life. In this post, she talks about her own writing process:
Every writer works differently. I, who do not belong to the Electronics Generation, work on paper. Not completely -- first drafts are done on the computer. But I can't edit on screen, I just can't. So I print the novel and edit long-hand, making dozens of changes on nearly every page. Some are small (add a comma, change a word), some are revisions of a sentence, some are extensive revisions involving major shuffling of story elements or the writing of new scenes. The shuffling takes place with scissors and tape, the new scenes are written on yellow lined paper, frequently both are employed. This all occurs on the sofa, with a clipboard on my knees.

Newspaper dog thinking RSS
Story Fix

Larry Brooks writes great posts over at Story Fix.
His message to all writers who wish to publish is this: the bar is very high, and the market is very crowded. There is only one thing you have control over in this business, and it’s not your career (which is largely out of your hands, to be honest) — it’s your manuscript. It doesn’t need to be perfect, it needs to be better than perfect. It needs to grab an agent or an editor who has seen it all before by the throat and squeeze. This blog is about how you can evolve your work to that level.
Tribal Writer

Justine Musk writes "I explore what it means and how to be a kick-ass, soulful & savvy creative in the digital age." She writes long post-titles and involved posts. She's a growing novelist who has read many of the writing HOW-TO books I haven't yet. Heh.

These are some of my favorite writing-related websites, but there are many more. What are your favorite writing-related websites?
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  1. Love the Ernest Hemingway quote. I subscribe to several of these, but a few of them are brand new. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I have Nancy Kress's book, Character, Emotion and Viewpoint. Helpful book.

    Thanks, Johne!