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What else? We've arranged for Beelzebub's Attorney to contribute some controversial views on making it as a writer. We'll let you know about the best of our discussion forums (see below). There'll be highlights from writing related writing as it appears on the Web and nuggets of interesting content appearing on other sites. We may offer reviews of writing related books. Finally, we think one can teach oneself a lot about writing without paying others; so we'll be suggesting exercises (see the forum's hidden treasure, below) and asking you to suggest some too.
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Technology is not always a help to writers
The image of the
writer pounding words out of a low-tech typewriter endures. Remember
the film Wonder Boys? In reality, most writers make the most
of word processing and other modern technologies. But, as writer David
Galef suggests, technology can make writing a contemporary novel tough.
Fiction is dead. Long live non-fiction.
Dead But Popping Up in the Strangest places
Editor & Publisher
Online reports that the Wall Street Journal has sponsored a fiction
serial available on its free Web presence. Is this the return of the
nineteenth century model which saw Dickens and Thackeray, among others,
publish novels in parts before they were pulished in whole? More...
The Ecommerce Times reported at the beginning of the month that Ebooks were to be considered for the National Book Foundations's National Book Awards... with conditions More... (Perhaps, epublishing is gaining in kudos).
OnlineOriginals has already
had some prize success with a nomination for the prestigious Booker
Prize. They publish only a small proportion of work submitted to them.
Some of you may have difficulty with their 60 pound (approx. US$84)
fee for peer reviews before submission but this epublisher acts more
like a traditional publisher than most. Their
site is worth a look anyway... The WritersNet Forum Word on Writing
The WritersNet Forum Word on Writing
What are they talking about in the WritersNet forums? Well...
A Hidden Treasure: Words on the Web
Words on the Web
They are talking about writing and books all over the Web. Here are some snippets of an ongoing conversation:
British newspaper, The Independent, interviewed, publisher, Peter Owen. The result is name dropping fun but also an insight into the ways of publishing past. More...
Book Magazine revealed that Joyce Carolyn Oates is a well organized woman. She would have to be to achieve such prolificacy... (N.B. Books Magazine only reveal all to subscribers and print mag buyers). More...
Writer Diana Clancy, who is of Cherokee Indian decent, listens to contrasting inner voices when writing. More...
Booksonline reports that Jane Rogers' Good Fiction Guide goes some way toward answering the question: "Just what makes a good read?" This essay collection takes a relaxed attitude but offers insight into fiction at beginning of the 21st century. More...
Writer Paul Theroux told the San Francisco Chronicle that he doesn't like literary society but he does like Hawaii. More...
The Village Voice Literary Supplement profiled writing stars of the future from very different backgrounds. More...
The Associated Writing Programs offers a primer on technical writing... More...
suggests, in her Venue Spotlight, that online writing opportunities
still exist but pieces are shorter and you'll be paid less for them.
Don't miss the link to a May piece on online markets by Steve Outing.
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