Hello Muse seekers and word nerds!
Things have been a little quiet over here on the old blog because, hey life is nuts right now, isn’t it? We hope everyone is keeping well, and if you’re looking for new blog posts to read, podcasts to listen to, or writing resources to check out, we’ve compiled a list of our recent favorites!
Let us know in the comments if we’ve missed one of your go-to advice sites, or send a link to your blog as well!
Take care everyone.
Lots of love,
NEW BLOG POSTS WE LOVE
If you’re looking for some wise publishing insights, check out the newsletter Publishing is Hard by super agent Dong Won. He gives down-to-earth doses of reality for agents, writers, and aspiring agents, and we always come away feeling better prepared after reading his posts.
As always, Chuck Wendig gives writing and publishing advice with a dose of bat-shit crazy humor and genuine feeling. He did a thought-provoking series of posts about how he would have done the new sequel trilogy of Star Wars (and hey, he’s already written three Star Wars books, so he would know!). And he always has interesting takes on current events, both on his twitter and his blog, including tips on how to work from home. Give him a follow if you’re not already.
And if you’re not following our very own Muse Nicole’s blog (how dare you) (JUST KIDDING), she’s a font of wisdom and positivity. Her latest posts are all about being gentle with yourself, and she featured a guest post about 10 tips for new/aspiring authors!
And Muse Meredith had a whimsical trip to a small English town last month, if you fancy a little vicarious vacationing!
PODCASTS WE ENJOY
This is a great resource for writers as it’s run by both an agent and a writer, so they offer advice from both sides of the table, and they’ll have interviews with editors as well as other agents and writers. The Manuscript Academy is also an amazing trove of knowledge and opportunities, as you can book consultations with agents and editors to critique your work, and attend online conferences! They also run the Manuscript Wishlist site and twitter hashtag, which are incredible tools to find agents looking for your genre and age range. For example, if you write YA fantasy, in the search bar on Twitter you can type #MSWL #YA #fantasy and you’ll find agents (hopefully) who have tweeted they’re looking for that!
If you’re looking for a lighthearted podcast by two veteran writers and all-around hilarious people, check out Ask The Bards by Delilah Dawson and Kevin Hearne. They’re two of the nicest people on Twitter who have always extended a hand to new and aspiring writers, so they’ve decided to start their own podcast where they talk querying, revising, fantasy tropes, and so much more. You can ask them questions using the hashtag #askthebards on Twitter!
And last but not least, if you’re in need of a dose of calm, funny wisdom right now (and who isn’t), we invite you to watch this interview with Marie Forleo and Elizabeth Gilbert. It came out when Gilbert’s book Big Magic debuted, and she shares her hard-won writing and life advice for how to get your creative spirit ignited again, and how to find joy in the simple act of creating. We love to return to this video when the writing Muse has completely eluded us, and we hope it helps inspire you as well.
We hope some of these are interesting and/or helpful. Let us know what inspires you right now, and as always, thanks for reading! Take care.