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Sunday, July 12, 2009

How To Write a Novel

Nathan Bransford is a literary agent for Curtis Brown. His writing and publishing blog is widely acclaimed. He has an article by a guest on his blog, Victoria Mixon, an editor with an eclectic background in writing and editing. Her article is entitled, Everything You Need to Know About Writing a Novel, in 1000 Words. It's a flash non-fiction piece, so Flash Fiction Online readers will have perfectly tuned pacing to take full advantage of this excellent article.

She covers the Plot (including the opening hook and the five biggest mistakes made in plotting), Scenes (character, dialog, description, action), and Exposition.

She's young, though. She said nothing about turning on your computer. So you can thank for her for the good writing bits and FFO for saving you from pounding on your keyboard for hours wondering what's wrong.

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Top Ten Literature Blogs

Here is a list of the best literature weblogs of 2008, based on an Internet vote taken by weblogawards.org. Internet votes are always problematic since they can be manipulated. This is especially true when one of the blogs is written by a very popular writer these days, Neil Gaiman. Even so, this is a remarkable result for Gaiman's weblog:

To put it into perspective, Neil Gaimans's 33% represents 1980 votes...not huge by Internet standards, but still impressive by comparison.

Literature is only one of many voting categories covered by weblogawards.org. According to their website:

The Weblog Awards are the world's largest blog competition with over 545,000 votes cast in 2007 edition and nearly two million votes cast in all editions since 2003.

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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Journalism vs. Blogging

Bernard Lunn is Chief Operating Officer at ReadWriteWeb, a highly rated blog*. In this blog article, he looks at the future of journalism, "Journalism 2.0," and its relationship to Web 2.o, particularly to blogging. FlashFictionOnline.com is a literary magazine frequented by writers and avid readers, so it is a safe bet that much of its readership is interested in blogs and blogging.

Here is the tension between bloggers and journalists:

However, the imperatives that come with running a real business tend to shift bloggers from the classic blog mode to something else. This has generated a lot of anguish among blog veterans who worry that blogging is "losing its soul." Journalists, on the other hand, face a starker, more existential threat as newspapers close shop.

Mr. Lunn gives many insights into blogging and journalism. Rather than summarize it all, I'll give his captions as teasers to the article:

  • Bloggers Becoming Journalists
  • Don't Throw Out the Baby with the Bathwater
  • Begone, You Self-Interested Tech Cynics
  • Would Citizen Journalists Have Exposed Watergate?
  • Online Revenue Models for Quality Need to Evolve
  • Why Pay $2.50 to Buy a Copy of the Financial Times?
  • Monetizing Quality Online Is Harder

*Popularity of ReadWriteWeb at the time of posting, according to Technorati:
--16th by authority (number of links to ReadWriteWeb)
--23rd by number of fans

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Plagiarism in the Blog Age

Many writers and readers are called to blog, whether for a journal of their writing or personal life, their reading life or their special interests. Copyright laws have been stretched to the limit by the scope of the blogosphere, up to 30 million blogs in the world by one estimate I saw. It might be wise for bloggers to revisit the topic of what constitutes plagiarism these days. One place to start is the blog site, Plagiarism Today. They have some helpful articles and a collection of related headlines. Nota bene: the bloggist advises that he is highly experienced but is not an attorney.

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Monday, December 8, 2008

21 Blogs for Writers (and Readers)

John Joseph Adams is the assistant editor at The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and editor of various anthologies. He offers this list of 21 blogs writers should be reading. I think many blogs of interest to writers will be of interest to avid readers as well. The bloggists include authors, groups of authors, editors, literary agents, and some anonymous professionals.


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