November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) around the interwebs, Gentle Reader. I don’t participate myself. Let’s be perfectly honest ~ it’s a dumb month to pick. Always has been. For me it’s particularly inappropriate as I’ve spent the first half of November, for years, on book tour for a Finishing School book. And this year I go to Singapore.
That said, it doesn’t mean I’m not supportive of the Great NaNo. I don’t often post “how to write blogs” or the like. I think there are plenty of other authors out there who do it better than I ever could (waves at Chuck, Rachel, Kameron). In fact, I consider myself best at being an enabler. Find me at a convention and I’m one of those:
There’s a fun thing, let go do that! Food, yeah food, eat the food. And we’re walking. Party, bar, that way! And we’re drinking.
As opposed to actually organizing the thing, food, walk, or party in the first place.
But in order to be both supportive and enabling, over the course of this month, you will see a few blog posts from me that I hope will be helpful if you are participating in NaNoWriMo, or even if you just like to write and wish to perhaps publish some day.
Without further ado, Gentle Writer, here is my…
List of Top 8 Podcasts Every Author Should be Listening To…
- I Should Be Writing ~ Best for: emotional sympathy, writer struggles, general hand holding.
- Beyond the Trope ~ Best for: craft and passion. Focuses on “the deep, artistic depths of fiction” with a casual style and general inclination to geek out.
- The Creative Penn ~ Best for: self-publishing, book marketing, and creative entrepreneurship. Good at interviewing and sticking to topics. Pick what you want based on the episode title.
- Ditch Diggers (via The Murverse Annex) ~ Professional authors get brutally honest about being both professional and an author. There may be a few rants from yours truly.
- Internet Business Mastery ~ Best for: tips on general social media marketing and brand interaction. Not specifically for authors, which is why it is interesting as many of the core premises are still useful. But you will have to learn to ignore the dumb business lingo and constant coach marketing. If you can’t take either (and boy do I understand that) but want something with this outsider perspective try Smart Passive Income or The Social Media Examiner Show (BONUS very short episodes) instead.
- Rocking Self Publishing ~ Best for: self-publishing, book marketing, and creative entrepreneurship. Similar to Penn quality entirely depends on the strength of the interview. They focus on a single subject for the interview, but they tend to drift more.
- Shipping & Handling ~ Best for: those targeting traditional avenues who don’t attend conventions and wish to stay in touch with the general atmosphere of commercial fiction. Literary agents Bridget Smith and Jennifer Udden discuss the latest in publishing, writing, and fandom.
- Writing Excuses ~ Quick pithy tips from four luminaries in SF/F. If you are a beginning author and aren’t already listening to this, you’re hopeless.
- The Roundtable Podcast ~ 20 min author interviews focused on craft, then a work-shopping interview in which a professional author talks craft specific to a pitched project.
- NaNoWriMo Every Month ~ very short wide-ranging writer tips on how to become an everyday authorbeast.
“It is better to write a bad first draft than to write no first draft at all.”
~ Will Shetterly
The caveat: as with all things, these recommendations are aligned with my taste as reader, listener, and writer. As such, they tend to favor the SF/F genre, female authors, and friendly attitudes. This may not be what you’re looking for but it’s what I like. This is, after all, my little corner of the internet. MINE! Wha ha ha ha.
“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”
~ Jack London
I’ve left comments open but your recommendations are likely better spent on NaNoWriMo forums and if you’re spammy or snarky that sucker will get the snip snip snip. Here in Gail’s little world we play nice and polite or not at all. Etiquette must be observed!
“Use your imagination. Trust me, your lives are not interesting. Don’t write them down.”
~ W. B. Kinsella
You don’t have to take my word for it: 15 Inspiring Writing Podcasts to Subscribe to Right Now
This is your last chance to enter the Goodreads Give Away. No worries my assistant is not in Singapore with me and she will be mailing out to the winners ASAP.
GAIL’S DAILY DOSE
Your Moment of Parasol . . .
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Your Infusion of Cute . . .
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Your Tisane of Smart . . .
The Indonesian Mimic Octopus
Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Kubler-Ross Model of Grief Associated with Editing and Rewriting
Tags: important writing links, nanowrimo, podcasting
BookNut101 of 21st Century Once Upon a Times blog says of Manners & Mutiny: “Did it meet my expectations? Uh yes. Yes, it did indeed! In fact, I will go so far as to say that it exceeded my expectations – it pulled all the elements of the series together and was both entertaining and informative. I was never left feeling like the author was racing to the finish line. Rather, I felt that every chapter and every scene was calculated.”
Quote of the Day:
“Pointed dialogues about yesterday’s eggs and the toughness of Saturday’s meat are conducted fortissimo between cheerful youths in the road and satirical young women in print dresses, who come out of their kitchen doors on to little balconies.”
~ P. G. Wodehouse, The Man with Two Left Feet And Other Stories