Ah, the start of a new year. A blank page, and the perfect time to share a smorgasbord of links about writing tips and opportunities.
Join fellow Bransforumers for a week-long “writing vacation” in Las Vegas in March. We’re in the middle of scheduling several workshops and casual get-togethers to talk writing and books. And—this just in—Nathan’s coming!
Find a Crit Group – All Writers
Okay, in the interests of full disclosure, this is my crit group. But they really are the best, and no matter where you are in the country or the world, you can get access to their great support and advice through online classes. Whether you want to do poetry, focus on writing prompts or do an intensive edit on your novel, All Writers is a great resource. Or find a group in your area!
Is querying on your “to do” list in 2012? Check out the line-by-line query advice from agent extraordinaire Janet Reid. You’ll find examples of queries from every genre and lots of invaluable insights on what to fix.
Janice Hardy’s Real Life Diagnostics
I’m a big fan of Janice Hardy’s blog, The Other Side of the Story, and she’s recently revived her “Real Life Diagnostics” column. It’s a fantastic opportunity to submit a short section of your writing for critique. You can ask her a handful of specific questions about the writing. Does it pull you in? Are the characters believable? Janice gives you a line-by-line edit and her overall answers.
Happy writing in 2012!