Daring Greatly

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve likely at least heard the name Brené Brown. She’s “spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy.” What do any of those have to do with writing? Plenty.

Every one of you writers out there knows how much courage it takes to put a single word on the page, how vulnerable it makes you feel to pursue publishing those words, how much shame you feel when you get a “no” (how in the world do we not take that personally?!), and how much empathy you feel when you meet another writer struggling out there in the world.

So if you’re feeling a little low about it all, I highly recommend two things:

  1. Try reading one of Brown’s books, like Daring Greatly or The Power of Vulnerability.
  2. Watch one of Brown’s TED Talks or her new Netflix special, The Call to Courage.

You will find that you are not alone, you are not powerless, and you are not done!

Article: “Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know about Copyediting in Less than 300 Words”

Some gems from this article on ACESeditors include:

• All you need to know about semicolons is that Shirley Jackson liked them.

• If it starts with a capital letter, look it up.

• People don’t need to nod their heads, they can just nod. What else are you going to nod, your elbow?

Article: “How Do I Know If My Writing Is Good?”

This is a common fear, especially in new writers, and you aren’t alone. But it might not be the right question to ask …

“Whether or not our writing is good is impossible to answer .”Because our writing will never be ‘good’ or ‘not good.’ It’s not a binary craft and there’s no singular moment when we magically become a ‘good’ writer.”



Article: “Developmental Editing: Recommended Reading”

“Reading writing craft books not only helps developmental editors stay on top of how writers are currently thinking about storytelling. It can also help us find new ways of explaining complex aspects of storytelling to an author.

Here are some of the writing craft books I recommend for both writers and developmental editors …

Article: “Zadie Smith’s 10 Rules of Writing”

Brain Pickings is an online “digest of the week’s most interesting and inspiring articles across art, science, philosophy, creativity, children’s books, and other strands of our search for truth, beauty, and meaning.”

This morning, I stumbled across an article on writer Zadie Smith:

“In the winter of 2010, inspired by Elmore Leonard’s 10 rules of writing published in The New York Times nearly a decade earlier, The Guardian reached out to some of today’s most celebrated authors and asked them to each offer his or her rules. My favorite is Zadie Smith’s list — an exquisite balance of the practical, the philosophical, and the poetic, and a fine addition to this ongoing omnibus of great writers’ advice on the craft.”

To read Smith’s rules for writing, click here, and once you’ve finished, spend some time perusing the thought-provoking, idea-filled site that is Brain Pickings to get empowered and encouraged for 2019!

Podcast: “Tearing Down the Wall of Writer’s Block”

“Every author in the history of the written word has been there: Staring at a blank page, unable to break through the freezing fear of putting pen to paper. This writer’s block might go on for hours, days, or years, and even the most talented aren’t immune. Join Stephanie and Angela as they discuss strategies to help you tear down that wall.”

 

Source: Editor’s Corner Podcast, Dog Ear Publishing

Podcast: “How Editors Can Help at Every Stage”

“What exactly do editors do, and more importantly, how can we help you work through the writing process? Stephanie and Angela discuss the numerous facets of editing, from mentorship and motivation to story arc and character development to revisions and citations. No matter what phase of writing you’re in—and no matter what issues you’re facing—editors are here to help!”

Click here to listen to the podcast!