Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Lunar New Year links

Jane Austin was not a Game Theorist.

Monster porn: science and sexuality.  More: The women who write dinosaur erotica. Of course the subject matter fascinates me but there is also some self-publishing advice to be found in the latter article.

A formula for good books.  Includes discussion of Vandermeer's beautiful book Wonderbook.

Doctorow on plots - they're funny things: Text, Audio.

Six strategies to improve your writing.  This list probably includes the suggestion to not simply use your blog to dump a pile of links without explanation, description or commentary.  People have, rightly, badmouthed NaNoWriMo as being an extrinsic motivator which mostly produces terrible manuscripts.  On the other hand, it seems to be the only thing that has gotten me to write as much as I did, as much as I want to.  Now that it is over, I am having difficulty continuing, or getting back into, writing.

One of the strategies at the link is to read (and do) more widely. My own experience is that this is the sort of thing that helps my output.  When I am only doing the mundane (but vital) task of caring for my son, I have the time but not the content to write about.

Happy Lunar New Year!

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