Freshly tossed, our regular Link Salad is a mix of writing-related articles, inspiring videos, pep talks, funnies, and author interviews, served with a sprinkle of book release news and a drizzle of anything that makes us as writers—and humans—laugh, cry, and fangirl over. We hope it provides some fun inspiration for you, especially now, when the world is topsy turvy to say the least.
To kick things off, if you’re waiting for your Big Break, here’s a reality check to get your butt into gear!
In need of some inspirational quotes that you can chew over? Look no further than this post from Fantasy Hives’ Chris Mahon.
Chuck Wendig is not letting you subscribe to the false belief that your first draft has to be perfect. In fact, he thinks you don’t even have to believe in it fully – yet – and here’s why.
Want to know the secret to keeping up the tension and keep things moving in your story? It’s all about the invisible movement, as Maggie Stiefvater explains.
What do writing a book and cooking have in common? Chuck Wendig explains the process in detail here, plus tell you why you need to trust in that process. (Yes, that’s a double dose of Wendig in one salad, mainly because it is just that good for you.)
If you’re looking for a new podcast or two to get some inspiration from, check these out. They’re fantastic resources!
- Deadline City – especially this episode where the hosts, Dhonielle Clayton and Zoraida Córdova, respond to the #PublishingPaidMe hashtag on Twitter from a few weeks ago, and dig into the details of getting paid as an author
- 88 Cups of Tea – especially this touching and inspirational episode with Elizabeth Acevedo on how she (an award-winning author!) struggles with impostor syndrome and perfectionism
This quote from Elizabeth particularly stood out for us:
“I think it’s just joyful to not make the process a burden but to think of the process as part of the game.”
And last but not least, rockstar agent (and emo music legend) Eric Smith has put together an amazing guide to helping you find literary agents. Even if you’ve been in the querying trenches for a while, his guide features a ton of new resources to check out and maybe level up your game.
We hope these resources are helpful, but please let us know what your new obsessions are, or what you’ve found to help you creatively right now.
Thanks for reading and take care!