As my own contribution to this week’s writer talk, I have recently discovered a new species of the writer’s block bug against which I have no adequate literary immune response: I dislike one of the characters in The Crow and the Kinnebeck so badly that I can’t write conversation with him in it.
The prescription? I’m probably going to create a throw-away scene in which the guy is killed or otherwise gets what’s coming to him, and see if that makes it easier to listen to him talk.
In the meantime, I am anxiously awaiting some inspirational texts I recently ordered from The Devil Amazon.com: The Mammoth Book of Pulp Fiction and The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps. Good old Vitamin P! Nothing like the classics to get your Write Blood Cells in fighting trim!
Now, on to the (other) writers’ links:
Juliette Wade discusses how to write about a culture from both an insider and outsider perspective., while Becky Levine dives into her Author Appreciation week. So far: Heidi R. Kling, Laurie Halse Anderson, and Terry Pratchett.
Finally, Dana Cameron talks a bit about novels and short stories, comparing them to sprints and marathons. But, the other way around. (I just thought the short-term-then-long-term rhythm sounded better in both cases.)