The Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging
There may be some purist writers who eschew the down-and-dirty, bang-it-out, rough-and-ready world of blogging. But for many writers, blogging is a way of priming the creative pump. For them, blogging is a form of writing calisthenics that strengthens their creative muscles for taking on more strenuous projects. If nothing else, blogging is a way of publishing work without having to persuade somebody else that it’s worth printing, and can provide writing samples that may be helpful in getting “real” writing work. And since this is, after all, a blog, it seems appropriate to post about this book.
Produced by the editors of the famous (or infamous, depending on your point of view) Huffington Post, The Huffington Post Complete Guide To Blogging is pretty much what it claims to be. Though it’s short on depth, especially when it comes to writing technique, it does offer a comprehensive overview that includes a discussion of blog platforms, suggestions for styling posts, ideas for getting your work noticed, sources of inspiration, tips for successful blogging, a guide for managing comments, and resources to take you further. It also includes a discussion of the new media that may pursuade you that the future of writing and writers is, assuredly, on the web.
I’m picking this up again. It’s a great help in reconnecting with where the deep creative impulse comes from for writing (as opposed to the crafting and editing part). I find it take some patience to make myself do the many exercises, but they offer a thorough experience with the technique that is worth the effort. If your writing seems flat or uninspired, this might help.
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From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction
…and I love it. This is a somewhat controversial book, because Robert Olen Butler insists that the approach to fiction writing he advocates is the one true path to great fiction. If his approach doesn’t work for you, you might be offended by his attitude, but If it works for you, and it does for me, “From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction” is an exhilarating reading experience.
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Here’s a great resource. It’s a free archive of the NY Times series, Writers on Writing, in which writers explore literary themes and the writing life. Authors include Richard Ford, E.L. Doctorow, Barbara Kingsolver, Russell Banks, Geraldine Brooks, Elmore Leonard, Jocye Carol Oates, John Updike, Jamaica Kincaid, Saul Bellow, Annie Proulx and others. The series has been collected in book form, here: “Writers on Writing: Collected Essays from The New York Times” (The New York Times), and here: “Writers on Writing, Volume II: More Collected Essays from The New York Times” (The New York Times, Jane Smiley), but you can read 63 of the columns here for free.
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