I enjoyed the series on real-life settings that I've been running for a few weeks, and I've been thinking I'd like to start running short series most Fridays. Unfortunately, I haven't come up with a new series yet, so today's post is going to be a mish-mash.
I've come across a lot of interesting writing-related blogs and articles lately, so I thought I'd link a few.
- Nathan Bransford recently ran a contest for the best first paragraph of a novel, and it accrued 1500 entries! You can read the winner and the runners up here. They're all pretty good. Also interesting, one of his readers went through every single entry and talked about what she learned.
- Tom Dupree discusses his experiences as an editor at a publishing house. It's an interesting read, and helps put a human face on a job that doesn't always have the best reputation among aspiring authors. I'm looking forward to the next part in the series.
- J.S. Bangs has a blog about writing that I found through Writers.StackExchange. Insightful commentary on writing and technology.
- Clay Shirky has an interesting blog looking at technology and its effects on the present and the future. He is unabashedly optimistic about the ability of technology to better our lives.
- Paul Graham, while not as prolific as most modern bloggers, has a number of extremely deep and well-thought-out essays on technology. This essay on the word "hacker," and the motivations of those who "hack", is fascinating.