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Saturday Summation – 25 November 2012

Bits and pieces of things that caught my eye not only for my own interest, but enough to want to share with you, too…

Reading Stuff

Author Tim Ferriss has a new book out (The 4-Hour Chef – he is also the author of The 4-Hour Work Week), which for some might be big reading news, but the bigger news was in part of his marketing scheme. Apparently Ferris was running with the idea that his book is “banned” in certain bookstores. However, many might disagree with his definition of “banned”. In fact, his book is an Amazon imprint and Barnes & Noble determined awhile back that they would not sell Amazon print books in their stores for business/competition reasons, although they will order one if a customer requests it. Other bookstores also refuse to shelve Amazon print copies, too, due to Amazon publishing practices. Does this mean Ferriss’s book is “banned”? I don’t like this misleading use of the concept. What about you?

I’m throwing this next post in this reading section because it has to do with being a reader vs a writer, although it is a good reference for writers. Author KM Weiland talks about critique readers and how non-writers can be ideal. I agree – that kind of different perspective is extremely valuable. As useful as it is to have another writer be able to tell you where plot and wording need work, a non-writer will be able to catch conflict issues very quickly. The non-writer may not always know “why” something doesn’t work, but she doesn’t have to. He just has to tell you that it doesn’t.

Writing Stuff

Probably a favorite post of mine this week was Chuck Wendig’s on failing vs quitting. There is a big difference, isn’t there? In a typical Wendig way, he goes on to talk of getting over the whining about our lack of self-confidence and to get over it. I’m with him. You should also read his version – it’s a great “wake-up” call and much more entertaining than my summation. 😀

Author Gail Whitiker has a fun post about how we all live our lives as secondary characters and what that means in our writing. How is writing secondary characters different than primary? It’s a fun observation about considering the story of our lives and how we contribute to the story of other people’s lives.

Song of the Week:

Speaking of failing vs quitting, this may not be a masterful song of Pink’s (which may be par for the course, I don’t really know), but it’s stuck with me. Her lyrics are about love and relationships, but I’m just all about the “gotta get up and try” part.

(Actually, after seeing the video, I may change my mind about this song – here is the “Official Lyric Video” instead. Did you even know such a thing existed?)

One thought on “Saturday Summation – 25 November 2012

  1. Thanks for sharing Gail Whitiker’s post about living our lives as secondary characters. It has me thinking about how writers often connect with readers through the angle of the main character, while other stories provide an array of characters which support each other and allow readers to identify with characters in a less ego-boosting manner. I feel like I’m in university again, thinking about character identification. So fun! Thanks.


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