Sunday, August 1, 2010

Resources for Writers #28: Top Tens

            My sage advice this week is to RUN, not walk, to your nearest newsstand and purchase the September 2010 issue of Writer’s Digest. It’s called “The Big 10” issue. Inside you’ll find the following:

  • 10 questions to ask yourself about where you fit in to the future of publishing
  • 10 Tips for delivering a killer reading (Barbara Croft)
  • 10 essential rules of poetry (Robert Lee Brewer)
  • The 10 best places for writers to live (Rob Woodiwiss)
  • 10 of the all-time best thrillers chosen by 10 bestsellers
  • 10 questions answered by agent Suzie Townsend
  • 10 Notable debut novels (what ‘they’re’ saying and author’s words)
  • 10 tips for maximizing your MFA experience (Lori A. May)
  • 10 experts take on the Writer’s Rulebook (to follow or break the rules) (incl. Donald Maas)
  • Top 10 essentials to a writer’s life (Erik Larson
  • Top 10 writers I admire and why (Jodi Picoult)
  • Top 10 things I’ve learned since becoming a bestseller (Ellen Hopkins)
  • Top 10 Pieces of writing advice that I’ve been given (Sherman Alexie)
  • Top 10 things every writer should do (Mary Higgins Clark)
  • Top 10 things that would make the writing world a better place (Chuck Palahniuk)
  • To 10 ways to stay true to yourself in publishing (Wade Rouse)
  • Top 10 hints for a successful series (Jennifer Chiaverini, author of the Elm Quilt Creek novels)
  • Top 10 things every aspiring writer should know (Kirby Larson)
  • Top 10 ways to stay sane when frustrated with your writing (Karin Slaughter)
  • 10 ways to be a productivity pro (Sage Cohen)
  • 10 ways to write what you ‘no’ (use frustration, hurt, and anger to fuel your writing) (Bill O’Hanlon)
  • 10 reasons the freelance life in a good life (Art Spikol)
  • 10 quick questions with really short answers (Brian Klems) (Great ones here!)
  • 10 creative ways to beat writer’s block fast (Fred White)
  • (10 ways to) Brush up on your style in 10 minutes or less (Brandon Royal)
  • (10 ways to) Make the most of any writing event (Linda Formichelli)

AND ‘Staff Picks’

  • Top ten writers we wish would write books on writing
  • Top ten worst places in the world to write
  • Top ten things to do when procrastinating writing
  • Top ten writers we’d love to discover (more) posthumous works from
  • Top ten writers dead or alive we’d love to have drinks with
  • Top ten unlikely writer collaborations we’d love to see

The list appears overwhelming, but once you start reading, you’ll just keep going.


Elaine Cantrell said...

Your blog is great. I especially liked your library idea which I will be doing myself. Thanks so much.

Donna Alice said...

I'm slowly working my way through this MASSIVE edition of WD! There are some of my favorite authors in there! It's fabulous!

K9friend said...

That does look like a terrific issue! Off to the bookstore I go!