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This week! In the books!
First off, it’s hard to believe it but we recently passed the three year publication anniversary of my guide to writing a novel: How to Write a Novel: 47 Rules for Writing a Stupendously Awesome Novel You Will Love Forever. I really had no idea what to expect when I self-published it, and in fact I thought so little of its prospects I didn’t even have a print version out on publication day! But in the past three years it’s sold over 12,000 copies, (well over half of them in print I might add) and I’m psyched about the 104 reviews on Amazon. Thanks to everyone who has read and recommended it!
Now then. Lots of links to get to.
Emily St. John Mandel, author of the awesome Station Eleven, has a great article out on FiveThirtyEight about the rise of the word “Girl” in titles, what with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl, and of course the best of which is Sarah McCarry’s About a Girl, the only one of the books in this list that is actually about a girl. Hope this becomes a running series with “Club” and “Code” up next.
Over at Books and Such, Janet Kobobel Grant has some advice for kicking a mid-career writing slump.
For all you picture book authors out there, Tracy Marchini has some advice on how to make sure your language is appropriate. (Appropriate for the picture book format anyway, not whether it’s appropriate for kids. You’re on your own there).
The BBC has an awesome article about Iraqi science fiction authors imagining what their country will be like in 100 years.
In NaNoWriMo advice news, here’s my roundup of posts, here are some bite-sized tips from Reedsy including one from yours truly, and here are 5 tips from Angela Ackerman on keeping the words flowing.
Carolyn Kellogg makes the case that Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize is the best thing that can happen to the book world.
And I stumbled on this article from 2013 in The Atlantic, about how to build a happier brain through dwelling on the positives.
Comment! of! the! week! goes to John Shea for pointing me to this amazing anecdote, in response to my bucket list item to see someone reading one of my novels in public (unconfirmed by me but still):
C. S. Lewis managed to be best seller for decades without ever seeing anyone reading one of his books in public. He thought it might be a lesson in humility!
There you have it.
And finally, Halloween is just around the corner. Dogs beware of roaming skeletons! (via Mashable)
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Have a good weekend!