Curation Friday: Austin Kleon gems…

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I confess to allowing my inboxes to be overloaded with quality resources that I don’t consistently pursue. Not so with Austin Kleon’s weekly newsletters…

Here are two Austin Kleon items that I vouch for:

1. Working On It [5 Quick Thoughts on Writing]

2. How to Keep Going [Take time to watch his 26-minute talk OR, if you’re pressed for time, lock in his list of ten tips and bookmark the page for a later viewing.

Two of my favorites:
The ordinary + extra attention = extraordinary.
Build a ‘bliss station’. [borrowed from Joseph Campbell]
Quote from Austin: “Airplane mode is not just a setting on your phone; it can be a way of life.”

Another of his tips: You are allowed to change your mind. Well, here goes…I was going to add a third A. Kleon gem, but other commitments arose and I just plain wanted this out in the world, so I’m changing my mind and sharing only two. Thanks, Austin, for the license to do so!

And believe me, these two items are value-packed. So, turn on Airplane Mode and enjoy.

Curation Monday: If You Can Talk, You Can Write [more gems]

More worthwhile points from If You Can Talk, You Can Write by Joel Saltzman. [Not an affiliate link. I just couldn’t easily find his own website.]

  • ” ‘Who needs another book on writing?’ ”
    I did.
    I needed to write this book for myself–to see if I could take what I had learned over the years and write about it my way, with my particular slant on things.”
  • “Remember: There’s nothing new under the sun. So don’t let an old idea stand in your way, not for a second. Don’t sit around waiting for the Big Idea; start with a small idea (like “two women go on a road trip”) and make it big.”
  • A quote from John Cougar Mellencamp: “All I can really do is entertain myself, and hope along the way I can entertain somebody else.”

 

Curation Saturday: If You Can Talk, You Can Write

One of my favorite recent purchases [August 2017 is recent for me] is the book, If You Can Talk, You Can Write by Joel Saltzman. [Not an affiliate link. I just couldn’t easily find how own website.]

Here are a few points I’ve revisited today in my reading session:

  • “Whether you’re struggling with a single sentence or polishing a book-length manuscript, let progress be your guide, not perfection your nemesis.”
  • “Along the way, you’ll develop technique, stamina and—if you’re lucky—the ability to make your next effort better than the last.”
  • “Conquer your worry about not writing by writing every day—either by counting the minutes or counting the pages.” In my case, I’ve been counting the words. I’ve done so ever since the January 500 Word Challenge.

Curation Saturday

Let’s focus on Jon Winokur‘s tweets for today.

1. When you’re speaking in the truest, most intimate voice about your life, you are speaking with the universal voice. [Just last night I dove into a fairly serious topic. It was okay, but it just wasn’t fun to write, especially in the revision stage. I’m not sure if I’ll find that universal voice…and do I even care to?]
CHERYL STRAYED #amwriting#writing #writinglife

2.  #Editing is the same thing as quarreling with writers. Same thing exactly. HAROLD ROSS #amwriting #publishing [Whew-boy, was I rediscovering that this morning…]

3. “When you’re #writing and come to a rough spot and the ideas just aren’t flowing, put down dummy text and keep on moving…” bit.ly/2F4kUvt #amwriting #writetips

4. There’s always room for a #story that can transport people to another place.
J.K. ROWLING #amwriting #fiction

5. #Creativity is the residue of wasted time.
ALBERT EINSTEIN #amwriting #writing #writinglife   [I must be extremely creative.]

Curation Saturday–Tweets About Writing

A few favorites from Jon Winokur’s recent Tweets…

@AdviceToWriters

Find your best time of the day for writing and write. Don’t let anything else interfere. Afterwards it won’t matter to you that the kitchen is a mess.
ESTHER FREUD #amwriting #writing #writinglife

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Write what you want. People rarely recognize themselves on the page. And if they do, they’re often flattered that a writer has paid attention.
FRANCINE PROSE

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“Most people have no concept of writing, or what’s involved with the process…”
David Sedaris

Curation Monday–Links for Writers

Back to ‘curation’ mode…

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I’m not an avid user of Pinterest, but when I do sit down with it, well, it really is a gold mine of links and information.

Here are a few Pinterest-gleaned items that might interest you:

1. A Writer’s Manifesto
http://thewritewire.tumblr.com/post/96286625297

2. 101 Best Websites for Writers [I clicked the link which sent me to a page that offered a link to this valuable PDF.]
http://www.writersdigest.com/thank-you-for-subscribing-to-the-writers-digest-newsletter

3. 10 Great Podcasts for Writers
https://www.aerogrammestudio.com/2013/05/20/10-great-podcasts-for-writers/

4. The Super-Secret Way to Create Suspense in Your Story
https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/suspense-in-your-story/

 

Twitter Gems: January 21

I’ve been off the curation wagon lately.

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Just wanted to share some content that might prove helpful or inspirational.

Plus, I miss the short, condensed blog posts that I started with. ;->

Have a great Sunday.

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Jordan Rosenfeld @Jordanrosenfeld
If you use too much exposition, your story may feel like a lecture, and you run the risk of neglecting character development. #POV #POVBook

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Jon Winokur  @AdviceToWriters
It doesn’t have to be the truth, just your vision of it, written down.
VIRGINIA WOOLF
#amwriting #writerslife

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Jane Friedman  @JaneFriedman
“Patience is not about waiting, but how we act when things take longer than we expect.” —Paulo Coelho

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David Gaughran  @DavidGaughran
For all the people asking for an update to Let’s Get Visible, it’s here, and it’s #FREE, and it’s called Amazon Decoded: A Marketing Guide To The Kindle Store
https://davidgaughran.wordpress.com/2018/01/19/amazon-decoded-a-marketing-guide-to-the-kindle-store-is-free/

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“No matter which way you choose to publish, there are always going to be days where it’s just plain difficult.” — @thecreativepenn

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Jordan Rosenfeld @Jordanrosenfeld
Commit to your writing in healthy, manageable sittings. Don’t binge, don’t starve. #WritersGuide2Persistence #amwriting