Writing Resources

If you’re like me, you scour every available print and online source for the best and newest in writing resources. Or, maybe, like me, you tell yourself that this is what you’re doing when you’re really just gathering all this how-to information in hopes that, through the very scientific method of osmosis or photosynthesis, you’ll absorb the wisdom from said writing resources, miraculously becoming a highly published and sought-after writer. Or, you know, maybe you just like to have a handy list of writing resources for those occasions when you need them.

Arts Online has a nice listing of all things writerly, including links to individual journals, a database of published writers, and much more. If you’ve not perused the site’s listings before, I recommend you go ahead and give them a gander. 

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Share your favorite writing resources in the comments below.

 

Happy Writing!

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Which Fantasy World Do You Live In?

I’m on a fantasy kick lately, but it’s not just any fantasy. Fantasy from my childhood, the stuff I grew up on. Stories like The Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland, movies like Legend and Labyrinth. (BTW, with all the remakes of olden classics like Oz and Wonderland, I wonder how long it will be before someone makes over Legend and Labyrinth?)

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Jim Henson’s Labyrinth

So, my latest brain buzz makes me wonder: which fantasy world do you live in? Which magical land raised you and opened your eyes to the mysteries and delights of fantasy literature and the capabilities of imagination?

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Disney’s Alice in Wonderland

Tell me. Perhaps there are some I have never experienced.

Coming Up Soon…

Just a heads up: I’ll (hopefully) be offering up some of my own “nerd-gasms” over at Quaint Jeremy’s Thoughts. If you guys haven’t checked it out yet, I suggest you do so–especially if you’re a self-proclaimed (or closet) nerd.

 

In other news, I’ve yet to spot any aliens. I realize that I’ve neglected to mention that I randomly search for the wizened, bug-eyed creatures, but some things just fall to the wayside. If I were any more weird, they’d probably ask me to host a reality show. And because of that, I try to keep the weird factor under wraps. Just a tad. So, um, don’t tell anyone, m’kay?

 

Taking the Long Road

I’ve mentioned before that I have several works in progress… probably not alone there, right? I’m not sure what makes me flit from one project to the next like a human hummingbird dipping my beak-quill into the ink of an entire garden. Perhaps it’s because I get bored with one project, or maybe I get stuck, preferring an idea that’s shiny and new over hashing out the problems in the current draft. (Okay, yeah, that’s probably why.)

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But rather than think of this method as lazy (which, realistically, I suppose it is), I like to think of it as creative versatility. Yes, creative versatility. Rolls off the tongue and certainly tastes sweeter than lazy.

Lately, however, I’ve been forcing myself to attack the largest of the existing projects. This is an idea and working draft that I have wrestled with for ten years and no matter what else I’m working on, this project looms in the back of my mind. A demon, it seems, with snarling edges and a peculiar pout at having been left to dance among the dust bunnies for so long.

I will say that the project has sheathed its claws, happier now that I’m giving it my attention. It rewards me by unfurling its brittle pages into a story that yearns to be told.

I’m trying very hard not to worry overmuch about editing at this point. It’s tough for me to let the story burst forth, unleashed. I find myself floundering for the right word to describe the things I’m writing about. After doodling in the margins of the page for a while, I finally use the words that come first. The point is to get the story out, I know, so I force myself to accept the words that flow easily. The story, because of this acceptance, flows easily, too.

So, I suppose I’ve taught myself something by allowing the words to come at will. If I can quiet my inner critic just long enough to get the words out, maybe, just maybe, this project will actually become a final draft. And when that happens, I know I’ll feel like I’ve taken the long road home. That is, after all, the most scenic route.

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