The week’s favorite links.
I know people who loathe Twitter. They say it’s annoying; they say they just don’t get it.
I think many of these people view it as a quicker replacement for Facebook and shy away. For me, Facebook is where I keep in touch with people I actually know. Twitter is where I share bits of information with like-minded people.
I also make Twitter work for me.
I follow people who seek out and share writing information so that when I come home from my day job, I can check my “Writing” filter on TweetDeck and quickly find writing news that interests me. In a matter of minutes, I’m handed more writing related news than I’d find on my own in hours.
Twitter is a great place for writers. I loved Jane Friedman’s Twitter for Writers blog post.
Even better than that was Jane’s Secrets to Publishing Success. Easily one of the best one-stop sources for publishing advice and thoughts out there.
Whether writers like it or not, the industry is changing. I liked Maria Schneider’s Editor Unleashed blog post about Giving Yourself Permission. While the logical thing for me right now would be getting back to articles and nothing but articles, I’m writing what I want to write, and I’m writing it for myself. I’ve given myself permission, and in doing so, I’m working toward a goal that’s generated new ideas for getting things out there that it will help any writing I do.
Also from Editor Unleashed this week was Lisa Abeyta’s guest post about Life After Magazines. Focusing regionally with non-fiction and doing things totally on your own with blogs and iPhone apps — if nothing else — gives you control in a time when magazines and newspapers seem to be spiraling out of control.
A couple other blog posts I loved this week: TravelersNotebook — Thoughts on Plot by Famous Writers and Newtonville Books’ Questionnaires with Writers.
While it’s not always writing related, I love the way @eriklundy set up his Twitter feed and Web site to work together. A writer and stand up comedian in LA, Erik’s tweets pique curiosity and the links to his Web site are short and funny.
If you’re a comic book geek, follow writer @billwillingham on Twitter.
My favorite Tweet of the Week: @jasonpinter: “Last month in my twenties. Time to go on that month-long bender. Let’s start with a fifth of…ooh, lots of neat open houses this weekend!”
Carl Honore’s In Praise of Slowness
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