Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Tuesday's Tips for Flailing Writers

Worried that your 999 page erotic-thriller isn't long enough for a "real" publisher? The Guardian UK says not to worry, Life's Too Short For Thousand-Page Novels.

Socks? Check. Underwear? Check. Easily concealed bottle of gin? Hiccup. YodiwanWordpress has compiled A List Of Items Authors Ought Not Forget On Their First Book Tour.

Kim Kenney has some good advice for those of you documenting the continuing failures of your high school rivals (and those dullards among you penning peans to your old hometowns): How To Write A Local History Book.

Richard Russo and John Irving stopped by the BEA to gloat about how well they're doing financially despite the book industry's current, sh*tty, post-Twilight, economic situation. Oh, and while they were there, they offered the crowd some writing advice.

Ben Whiting says, "Every good story has some degree of underlying tension. Even in a character-driven novel like Pride and Prejudice, which is totally devoid of exploding helicopters and other modern action conventions, is full of internal and external conflict. The question is not if? but how much?" To continue, click here.