10 Helpful Blogs For Writers from Gail Carriger ~ NaNoWriMo Tip Sheet (Important for Authors)

I rarely have the opportunity to do NaNoWriMo but I support the endeavor! So I’ve a few blog posts concocted in the cheerleader arena. Of course, Gentle Writer, if you’re doing NaNoWriMo you should be writing and not reading. But if you are done with your word count for the day and wish for some help or inspiration, here are a few blogs that you might want to add to your feed.

  1. Chuck Wendig ~ Chuck rambles and he’s got quite the Point of View, but what he has to say is insightful, and sometimes insighting. In either case it’s glorious carnage.
  2. Rachel Aaron ~ Rachel is a solid hybrid author, a rarity but likely to become less so. On her blog she is honest about her numbers, her income, and her woes. If this is your target model of authorbeast (and why not?) you should be reading her blog.
  3. Kameron Hurley ~ Controversial, strong (with strong language) and often tetchy, Kameron fights the good fight for writers in general and feminist genre in particular. It’s a bloody thankless job and we need her to do it for us. I owe her. You owe her: male or female. If you read my books and like ’em, she’d fighting our fight. Go, read why.
  4. Jody Hedlund ~ Runs a brisk frequent blog full of guest authors being wonderfully pithy on subjects of interest, mild content.
  5. Pub Rants ~ Is my literary agents blog, and one of the reasons I signed with her. It’s very focused on the word of contracts, trade editor interests, and the like. Insider trading.
  6. Helping Writers Become Authors ~ Basics for beginner writers, great for NaNoWriMo-ers.
  7. The Blood Red Pencil ~ If there were only one blog for NaNoWriMo-ers this would be it. It specializes in being very useful, especially if you are at the beginning of your career.
  8. Janice Hardy’s Fiction University ~ Like a mix between Jody Hedlund and Blood Red Pencil, lots of useful stuff and guest author blog posts.
  9. The Passive Voice ~An aggregate of useful information on the writing industry, perhaps not for debuts, and he certainly has his own opinion on matters but can be useful.
  10. Writer Beware ~Invaluable blog (as is the SWFA resource of the same name) for avoiding all the sharks out there who prey on writers.

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 are looking for but it’s what I like. My little corner of the internet. MINE! Wha ha ha ha. 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 place nice and polite or not at all. Etiquette must be observed!

{Gail’s monthly read along for November is Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

via  Old Photos & Bacon @photosandbacon twitter

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

The Fan Museum @TheFanMuseum  French fan (c.1770)
commemorating the union of the Dauphin & #MarieAntoinette

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
5 Octopus Articles

  1. The Aliens in Our Oceans
  2. Octopuses ‘are aliens’ scientists decide after DNA study
  3. The Verge Review Animals: The Octopus
  4. My Date with an Octopus
  5. Huge Octopus Encounter with Diver

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

via Timothy Burks on FB

Book News:


Fan art including description. So fun to see my words come to life!

From comment below: If any one is interested, the art work of Lord Akeldama came from this tumblr blog (she’s thrilled at having her art on here) and she does loads of other Parasol Protectorate artwork that she posts on her blog.

Quote of the Day:
“The only way to atone for being occasionally a little over-dressed is by being always absolutely over-educated.”
~ Oscar Wilde


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  1. Lady Akeldama said:

    Oh my goodness!!! Thank you so much for showing my work Gail!!!! I'm so glad you liked it 😀

    p.s. my blog (as mentioned by my darling friend Harie Aye) is for college atm, so alot of it is my college work, but my fanart is on pages 2 and 3 I believe)

    Thank you again Gail! I adored Manners and Mutiny by the way <3 I couldn't sleep, I was so wonderfully happy for the ending :')

  2. Landranka said:

    I've just recently discovered Writing Excuses. Four authors from various genre backgrounds have come together to produce a weekly 15 minute podcast. They are in their 10th season, and this year is all about writing your novel from beginning to editing. You can find all their podcasts on their website/blog

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