Writing & Reading Jan 8-14

So I’ve been MIA and really sick, but I’ve got enough of my mind back to realize that it’s Monday and I need to do two things. First I’m writing this post and linking to some pretty awesome articles on the web. Second, I have a good number of blogs that I meant to post Friday, but I was too sick to do much besides wake up for bathroom breaks and contemplate writing my will. Luckily, I didn’t because my husband would’ve been left with nothing had I died since he was the one who got me sick.

Anyway, here is this week’s worthy articles. I will warn you that I have found myself fascinated by flash fiction and it may be reflected here. I tried not to, but I may not have been as successful as I would have liked. Also this will be much shorter than last week due to the limited time I had to search all of my favorite sites

First we have two competitions from Writer’s Digest. Competitions are good for writers. Winning will make your confidence soar, but figuring out why you didn’t win will help you improve your writing. My only advice is before you enter understand that hundreds if not thousands of people enter writing contests everyday. Just because you didn’t win doesn’t mean your writing isn’t good or even great. Just keep trying.

The Deadline is May 6, 2013

The Deadline is May 6, 2013

Deadline is April 1, 2013

Deadline is April 1, 2013

Looking at it now I may have been a bit confused. I was apparently more into finding competitions this week. Here’s one from Glimmer Train that’s deadline is coming up on February 28. I’m trying to make sure I give everyone enough time to write for each competition.

Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers

For the poets out there, here is an article in the New Yorker about David Ferry. He just won the National Book Award for Poetry!

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I know writing a query letter brings a lot of anxiety to most writers. Luckily the Huffington Post shared a nice and succinct article about the four components of a query letter.

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A truly fascinating article about Jack Kerouac’s Literary Agent, Sterling Lord. It mentions his new book Lord of Publishing once, but for the most part it’s just an interesting story about another man in the business.

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Memoir writing is becoming a fad. Or perhaps it’s always been a huge genre and I’ve only just now taken notice. Either way, I’ve read a few lately that have seemed like text books. Just a statement of facts on paper with no actual story-telling to it. Katie Roiphe apparently felt the same.

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Alas, I fear that every week will have at least one post from terribleminds.com. What can I say? Chuck Wendig’s writing appeals to me and his topics entertain me. What else can make a writer more worthy of attention? This particular post is about World Building. I’ve always wanted to build a world. It may just be a God complex though.

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Writing is Hard Work was one of the first writing blogs I ever subscribed to. Roger Colby is both an author and a teacher  and both come across in posts. In this post he covers how to deal with direct characterization. I think my favorite part of this article is that he never says “show, don’t tell” which is over used and vague.

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And here comes the Flash Fiction:

Deadline January 31

Deadline January 31

 

Make sure to read the prompt...also I'll be changing this out on the 16th when the new one starts.

Make sure to read the prompt…also I’ll be changing this out on the 16th when the new one starts.

Deadline is this Friday

Deadline is this Friday

 

That’s it for this week! Let me know if you know of blogs or articles I should read for next week! I’m always looking for new sources.

With Love & Letters, Lexi

 

So..Rather Disappointing News

I have rather unfortunate news. In my excitement to get the blog up and running I did all the research necessary for the blog content, but very little in regards to actually using the blog.

To rectify this I am going to do my Monday blog and my Friday blog for a bit until I learn all of the nifty things I can do with wordpress.

I’m not saying goodbye, I’m just saying you’ll see me less frequently than I had originally intended for a bit.

With Love & Letters, Lexi

Writing & Reading: Jan 1- Jan 7

Hail! Welcome to the first official post of Worth It Now!

First up is an article from the New York Times about George Saunders and his new book, Tenth of December, which comes out tomorrow. It’s a collection of short stories. I have never read any of Saunder’s work, but the article itself is worth reading even if you have no interest in the book. I will say that this man has very interesting things happen in his lifetime. Be warned, though; it’s a lengthy article. Just click the picture of George below to go the article.

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HP Lovecraft was the original Stephen King only less prolific and more substance. And here is an article he first had publish in January 1920 providing young writers with advice. I mean, what else is there to say? Who doesn’t want advice from a legendary writer?
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Bookpage’s version of the 20 most anticipated books of 2013. I mean what else is there to say? I love lists of upcoming books, just like I love seeing the previews for movies at the theatre.
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The Wheel of Time is considered one of the best selling series and now, 6 years after the author, Robert Jordan, died, the series comes to a close. Brandon Sanderson wrote the last 3 novels in the series with the help of the original author’s widow and two editors. Here is a brief interview with Robert Jordan’s widow about the experience.

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An amazing opportunity for writers is a one-year residential fellowship at the University of East Anglia in Norwich England with a stipend of  26,000 euros. To enter to win this fellowship all you need is up to 2500 words of fiction pertaining seriously to some aspect of the “Far East.” I know it’s not far off but the deadline for this is January 14, 2013. If you ask me it’s just enough time to write a good 2500 words and edit.

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It seems that every blog in the world is covering New Year’s Resolutions, which is understandable considering it is a New Year and all. Writing blogs are no exception. Here are some of my favorite posts.

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If you’re looking to challenge yourself as a reader I don’t think I’ve yet to find a better one than this. Don’t be afraid to learn about a new genre or explore new ideas; you may just find something new to love.

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If you know you have an awesome story but you just can’t seem to get it on paper then this article is for you! I know from personal experience that this can be true.

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A lot of books on writing can come off kind of cheesy, but here are the books that come recommended. I’ve even read few myself and I loved them.

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Have you ever wondered if you should use a pen name? Here’s a brief post on why author’s have in the past and whether you should with your work.

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Social Media is taking over the world. Even news sites are quoting twitter and tweeting about their stories. If you don’t think that an author needs a facebook/twitter/linkdin account, here are a few compelling arguments to the contrary.

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And finally, it’s important to write something you would like to read. I personally like stories that absorb me into their world to the point I forget that I’m reading… At least until my husband yells at me for ignoring him. Although I don’t agree with everything written in the post, you may find it works for you. You’ll never know until you try.

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That’s it for today! I hope you found some of these interesting and helpful! Tomorrow’s post will be about Photography and Photoshop, but I hope to see all you readers and writers back here next Monday!

With Love & Letters, Lexi

Post Script: This was supposed to be posted yesterday, but for whatever reason it didn’t. I had to recheck all the links and photos, but we should be good to go now. Hopefully this won’t put me to far behind in getting the Photography and Photoshop post up today.

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What’s to come..

This is a mission statement of sorts. Worth It Now’s goal is to find all the recent blog posts and articles from around the worldwide web that are completely worth your time to check out. There will be different days dedicated to different subjects such as writing/reading, photography, photoshop, DIY/crafts, and of course, Cooking/Food Blogs.

I am still working on a schedule, but fear not, this should be up and running soon.

With Love & Letters, Lexi