It’s actually been some time since I’ve gone up and shared some links to sites that I thought had some really interesting information or fun things to see. In the last couple of days alone, I’ve seen some really good material that I thought would be relevant to writers–whether you are starting out, looking for a good book or just finishing up with some in progress work. I know a lot of the things up online can be total drivel. I’ve seen enough of that every where.
This session of sharing is caring is all about some of the sites I’ve come across as I’ve been looking at literary magazines, Facebook, twitter, etc. I really enjoy reading advice, reading short stories and genuinely just staring at my computer for an stupendous amount of hours.
Today, I am going to share let’s see..one…two…six websites that I thought would be interesting to share with you fellow readers/writers. I’m sure some of you may know these sites, and some of you may not have a single clue where I got this stuff. And that’s okay. Finding new things to read and check out is always fun. I never get tired of finding new things about writing to look at.
So, here’s the first set of sites that I visited and thought would be cool to share. I’ve divided them into sections so you look at them clearly and based on what would be interesting.
Section 1: Advice on Writing
The first site I wanted to show you isn’t altogether the whole site, but an article that I thought was interesting. I don’t know if I would follow all of the rules given, but I definitely have heard them around from my professor’s. Aerogramme Writer’s Studio invited Teju Cole to write some of his rules on writing. (I actually read some of his work in my Landscape course this semester and it’s interesting, to say the least). I think a lot of what his rules pertain to are no so much the act of writing itself, but the writer themselves. This isn’t so much a list on structure, but a list on how to persevere and do things the way any writer nowadays would want, in order to be clear, multifaceted and produce a strong narrative.
In terms of advice, I really do like reading the occasional article from here. Not all of their stuff interests me, but sometimes I will find something good. And I really enjoyed reading this one, especially since I’ve had time where I couldn’t write a single word–sometimes writer’s block and sometimes not so much. This site is called Writer’s Relief, and they offer services to help writer’s publish or edit. However, if you go to the “Leads & Tips” tab you’ll find their blog which is extremely helpful for writers who are starting out. Please read it and enjoy it.
The truth is, sometimes we have a problem writing and we get so many rejection letters or we haven’t even tried at all because we lack confidence. This is a career, one you love and sometimes will hate. Nothing is ever perfect. The point is that we try or best and keep trying to move forward, get our words out there because as long as one person can see it, we’ve done our job. There’s always going to be a part of you that wants to stop; hope has suddenly abandoned you and you think you’re no good. Admit it and shove that thought clear out the window. This is the choice you made, now push that sucker out and grab hold of your muse and get him/her/it to work!
I think we as writer’s are the type of people who crave affection. We want people to love us for our creativity, or words, who we are deep down and what powers we have to create. I’m not saying we want worshipers, I certainly don’t. But i do like to share what I know. If someone can hear and understand early on what I know now, that would mean they wouldn’t make the same mistakes.
Anyway, read the article. Maybe, it’ll help you find that bit of focus to start up again.
The third site here is called Neon Literary Magazine and they seem pretty cool. I think it’s helpful that they have this section in order to help future writers with submission formats. No matter what, of course, some literary magazines have their own formats, some will change margins, others fonts, etc. But for the most part these guys are giving you the standard format for the industry as well as helping you figure out what places are best for you to submit your work to, if you are at the stage. There’s also links to international literary magazines which I think speaks volumes to the type of people who run it. They aren’t at all self-centered, I think they genuinely want to help writers get their stuff in order and get it out there.
I am currently checking out their blog and submissions pages, too. Also, if you have some time check out their archives, maybe you’ll like some of their stories. Who knows? The one piece of advice I always take when looking at online literary magazines is to see what they offer for free so you can check out their work. You want to look at the things they produce to make sure your work is compatible. Always. If you don’t, then you’re just insulting them and making yourself look dumb.
The final site of this lovely section is from a blog I recently discovered. I am still looking at it for any more interesting tid-bits to take to heart, but for now check this out. The article produced is called “Why Your Character’s Goal Needs to Be 1 of These 5 Things.” The main focus of this article, I think, is characters motivation. You want to know what your character wants and needs to do. There’s a distinct difference, and identifying that difference can mean the world to how you write your character, develop him/her, even kill him/her/it off.
I thought this article was insightful and really helpful in regards to creating multifaceted characters. You really don’t a static characters, who you have little description for and who doesn’t seem to have any motivation to do anything in the world you placed them in. What would be the point? Even if they are searching for their motivation, that’s okay to. But a reader who can’t feel what the characters feels, get an idea of what they want–it’s a wasted piece of writing with little life. And you’ve just made your reader hate your guts.
More than anything, a writer’s job is to rip out a reader from their present reality and slam them into the pages of the book. You want them to feel pity, pain, joy, sadness, empathize with your characters, sometimes villains and protagonists equally. If you don;t do that, then you have a serious problem: you don;t care about your readers.
Section 2: Book, Literary Magazines
This first article/post I found is a list of literary magazines for those of you who are currently unpublished and looking. I personally am scanning this sucker like crazy and checking this sites out as much as possible. Some of them I’ve heard of in school and some not so much, but they look professional and some will even offer critique even if you’re not accepted which is a major plus for you. So check it out and see what might fit you. Who knows? Maybe you’ll find your next favorite author here. It always happens.
The second site of this brief second section is Penguin Random house which I follow on Facebook. And quite frankly I love their little memes about writing and the picture-quotes they post are so cute. But this I thought was an intense list of books from their blog, containing short stories and just plain good reading lists. Some of you may be against the whole amazon thing, I know that much, but you don’t have to necessarily buy the books om the site if you don’t want to. Amazon is still pretty popular in terms of sales on books, so take a look. It won’t kill you, I promise. And besides, GooodReads is also on this list, along with Hudson Booksellers, The Huffingon Post, and The New York Times.
There are a number of subjects, ranging anywhere from Fiction to non-fiction, fantasy to memoir. If you’re looking for a good book to buy this year, look here.
I hope that you guys do check these articles, lists, etc, out as I thought they were really useful. If not, then that’s okay, too. Thank you for reading this post, anyway.
Don’t hesitate to send me something via Facebook or Tumblr or even Twitter if you have something that might be cool. It can totally be your own blog or something you read. I’m always looking for interesting things to share, read and discuss. I’m sure there are plenty who want to see it. I sure know I would.
We are a community of writers, everyone wants to be heard.
Thanks for listening/reading everyone.