My primary association with Friday the 13th — as is the case for many of us, I suspect — is Jason Voorhees. But there are also those who are superstitious about making travel plans on this unluckiest of Fridays. Many buildings avoid having a 13th floor, opting to skip it altogether.
As a self-described but friend-validated unlucky person, I will not tempt the fates today. Here are 12 links.
Read this excerpt on Shitty First Drafts by Anne Lamott. Then go buy Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life.
4 Lessons From Two Months of Selling Books: People watching is endlessly fascinating in bookstores.
Here’s a look at 3 YA titles that incorporate Plath into the story. 3 On A YA Theme: Sylvia Plath.
- Four Questions for…Author Escort Isabel Keating. If I am ever in need of an author escort: bonus points if the escort provides snacks.
- The Five Things I’ve Learned About Writing Romance from TV. “Pace yourself.” Yeaaaaaah.
- “If you are killed because you are a writer, that is the maximum expression of respect, you know.” Scandal! 6 Writers with Page-Turning Lives.
- The seven deadly sins of dialogue! Um, uh, yeah. Read this.
- “That is interesting about your reading some Shakespeare to limber up your language before you start; though I think that anything that makes you overly conscious of the language is bad for the story usually.” Flannery O’Connor’s Eight Rules for Writing
- Worldbuilding tips and deadly sins from the folks over at io9.
- Sarah Waters’ Ten Rules for Writing Fiction. #9 Don’t panic. Okay. Right.
- How to Support an Author’s New Book: 11 Ideas For You. Guerilla tactics: Face their book out on bookstore shelves.
- 12 Classic Books That Got Horrible Reviews When They First Came Out. There’s hope for the rest of us.
IF YOU DARE:
So You Want To Make A Living Writing? 13 Harsh Truths.