Writers’ Roundup – Fun Writing Links
Posted on July 21, 2013
Instead of being overly concerned with what’s going on in the world of writing and publishing, I thought I’d share some of the articles that are a bit of fun for this week’s round up:
Why Do Writers Drink? (The Guardian): Okay, I’m not immune to sometimes imbibing when on a writing kick or more likely a writing slump. My drink of choice for writing tends to be wine. Beer just makes me want to chill out. A martini, especially a dirty martini with three olives, makes me feisty. Wine provides me a little relief sometimes from the negative voices in my head that tell me that every word that I’m writing is terrible. Mind you, I don’t do this very often. And my drink of choice when I’ve finished a serious amount of word count is single malt scotch, preferably older than 15 years old. My answer to whether I do drink when writing is yes I do occasionally. But the article showcases some of the more famous authors who were known for drinking.
Writing Tips by Henry Miller and More (openculture.com): There’s a fun collection of writing tips from Henry Miller, Elmore Leonard, Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman & George Orwell on this page. There are some gems in here, some funny tips, and some that I would tattoo on my writing soul.
“The main rule of writing is that if you do it with enough assurance and confidence, you’re allowed to do whatever you like. (That may be a rule for life as well as for writing. But it’s definitely true for writing.) So write your story as it needs to be written. Write it honestly, and tell it as best you can.” – Neil Gaiman
16 Fancy Literary Techniques Explained By Disney (buzzfeed.com): The subtitle to the article is, “Because why waste money on an English degree when you can just watch Disney movies?.” As a lifelong English major, it makes me question all that time in class, reading, and writing papers. Not really. It’s a great collection of Disney and true literary techniques.
Save the Movie! (slate.com): I’ve written before about how Blake Snyder‘s Save The Cat book can help writers outline the plots of their book. It’s a book that Snyder wrote not to create a formula but to help straighten out plot problems, inlcuding his plot beat sheet. Except it’s now being used as the answer to every blockbuster movie. In this essay, Peter Suderman points out how it hurts the viewers if every movie has the same plot beats. If you think about it, he’s not wrong. This is a little depressing to realize, and will make me think about it during the next movie I watch. And for a lark, Suderman points out how he wrote the essay using the same beats.