To start things off, here’s Jamie Todd Rubin’s post on finding the time to write. I find that a lot of posts on this topic tend towards the sanctimonious (“If it’s important to you, you find the time”) or the obvious (“Turn off the TV”). It’s rare to find a post on the topic that actually examines potential impediments and sets out solutions. It helps that Rubin’s talking about his own experiences and his own solutions. If you, too, struggle to find the time to write every day, then this post is definitely worth a read.
Another post worth reading for writers is Susan Dennard’s most recently newsletter (you don’t have to sign up to read this, but she’s hosting a giveaway for subscribers for her newest book, Truthwitch, so, you know, you might want to subscribe). I know I tend to struggle with feeling like I’ll never get my story right, so it’s comforting to see that even published authors still have difficulty with this.
I recommended Robin LaFevers’ Grave Mercy over at Spellbinding Books last week, and a few days later came across a post on Book Riot from last November on books to read after LaFevers’ trilogy. There are some in there I’ve read and loved, like The Winner’s Curse and The Kiss of Deception, and others that are completely new to me.
Back in high school I wrote an essay on prejudice in the Harry Potter universe, so this post arguing that magic represents privilege in Harry Potter was right up my street. Harry Potter is one of my favourite book series, and I’ve always enjoyed the movies as companions to the books – although they’re loyal to the novels, they’re discrete entities to be enjoyed in their own right. So it was interesting to come across Rhiannon Thomas’ post on whether or not Game of Thrones can spoil the books now that the TV series is set to overtake the novel series, in which she makes the following statement:
But if we start to consider the TV show and the books as separate entities, different stories growing out of the same world and idea, then both can still be enjoyed and critiqued on their own merits. Comparisons will be impossible to avoid, but that doesn’t mean we have to allow one to spoil our appreciation of the other.
And, finally, everyone should check out Courtney Summers’ To the Girls campaign. From the link:
Summers’ All the Rage releases on April 14th, and instead of making the day about All the Rage, Summers has a better plan – to make it about the girls that inspired the book.
#ToTheGirls is a hashtag campaign designed to encourage and celebrate girls. Summers encourages’ participants to share advice, encouraging remarks, and personal stories of the girls who have made a difference in participant’s lives.