This week was relatively slow on the internet, likely due to Canada Day (July 1) and the Fourth of July. Nonetheless, some absolute pearls floated across my feeds this week, reminding me that quality is always preferable over quantity.
This week's roundup starts with an exploratory glimpse at the divergent attitudes writers have when it comes to outlining their work ahead of time, and from there move on some ideas for starting a piece of fiction off right. Jane Friedman's guide to self-publishing is among the best (free) resources I've ever seen for navigating that whole nebulous universe. Finally, I've rounded the list out with two articles that were frankly just a pleasure for this writer's soul to read and reflect on--one was about poached eggs (trust me on this one!) and the other about the importance of boredom for fostering creativity.
5) Jennifer Foster, "The Ins and Out of Outlines: Plotters Versus Pantsers," PPG Publisher's Blog.
4) Karen Wiesner, "5 Types of Opening Scenes to Make Your Story Stand Out," Writer's Digest.
What have you come across lately that might be helpful for other writers? Share in the comments below!
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