Monday, October 29, 2007


Really, the description of the blog says it all. If you've ever wondered what authors were thinking when they wrote.
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Friday, October 26, 2007

Business Writing Blog-- When Their Business is Your Business

Businesses always need writers-- why not become one of them? The Business Writing Blog has a wealth of links and tips to get you started.


Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Written Road

This is something I've always wanted to do, but can't seem find the time to do it. Written Road is a travel writer's resource site which alerts readers to contests, job openings, and writing retreats. I would really suggest looking here, as it appears to have quite a bit of useful content.


Writing for the Web-- Exactly What the Title Suggests

Continuing on in our Alternative Careers Week, we look at the blog Writing for the Web. As you know if you happen to reading this blog, web writing is an up-and-coming career that doesn't look like it's about to peak. This blog provides some links to resources to help explore money-earning potential on the Internet.


Monday, October 22, 2007

Medical Writing Blog

Medical Writing Blog

Though it hasn't been updated in a while, this blog still has many articles and links that may shed some light on writing for the medical trade.


Alternative Careers Week

It's easy to forget that there is more to writing than just churning out stories or poems. In reality, writers are needed in all sorts of work places and careers. This week, I will try to feature sites and books that might give you some ideas about the future.


Sunday, October 21, 2007

After the MFA

This particular blog contained a post about books to read if you're interested in writing. Sometimes it's good to get suggestions from the experts, you know?

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What to Read to Write

A healthful and growing list of suggestions for reading about writing is going on in a post and subsequent comments on the blog Right Reading.

While I respectfully disagree with the recommendations for Anne Lamott’s “Bird by Bird” (to me, the chapter on dialogue felt like the only fruitful discussion on writing in the whole book), there are some good books being discussed.

And, of course, there’s the requisite discussion about how true artists shouldn’t need to read “self-help books” and other such pontificating. Sure, a great deal of writing how-to books are horseshit, but I can’t imagine how anyone who loves writing can’t get something out of reading about the process and the craft.

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Ink In My Coffee

Ink In My Coffee

A great blog that combines an entertaining writing style with some insight into the freelance writing industry.


Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Just Say No to Braveheart

Lost Worlds - The History Channel -

Instead of watching my usual brain-rotting shows, I flipped to the always awesome History Channel. A flash of the familiar Stirling Castle, the sound of melodic Scottish accents, and I'm suddenly sitting flush to the TV, happily identifying landmarks of the city I lived in for five months. It would be harder to find a happier person at that point.

Until I saw the title of the episode...

"The Scotland of Braveheart"

"Oooooh, no," I breathed, pressing the heels of my hands to my mouth. "No, History Channel, no!"

But yes. Braveheart. Referring to William Wallace. Dear G-d.

For anyone that has ever spent time in Scotland, you know that only peddlers of tourist trinkets relate the Mel Gibson William Wallace to the true William Wallace. You'll find shot glasses with a be-kilted and be-woaded Wallace, which only those who came to Scotland after seeing "Braveheart" buy. As any tour guide or historian will tell you, Wallace was actually a lowland Scot (represent, woot!)-- an aristocrat, in fact-- who probably never wore a kilt a day in his life.

And he was not called Braveheart.

In fact, it's said that the term arose in reference to Robert the Bruce. It was Bruce's dream to go on crusade, but he never got the chance. Instead, after his death, his heart was cut out of his body and taken on the next trip south to the Holy Lady. It is said that during one pitched battle, the man carrying Bruce's heart threw it into the midst of the fight, inspiring the men to victory. It was then that Robert the Bruce was referred to as "Braveheart."

Not Wallace. Bruce.

So it's really getting on my nerves that this show constantly refers to Wallace by that erroneous name. Not only that, they showed the wooden sculpture that sits in front of the Wallace Memorial. The artist gave Wallace the face of Mel Gibson and the kilt and mace that appeared in the movie. Stirling residents were not pleased and someone even went so far as to knock off the statue's nose. The statue now sits behind a ten-foot high fence. "Frrrrreedom" indeed.

All of this rage is not to say that I have a lack of respect for Wallace. I actually am rather impressed by his fighting prowess and height (judging by his sword, people believe that he must have been about 6 foot something, huge for that time period... Gibson is a wee person compared to him). However, I am realistic. I know that he was no highland hero, I know that he wasn't that much of a strategist (Andrew Murray, anyone?), and I certainly know that "Braveheart" is merely entertainment and nothing more.

But seriously, History Channel? Stop calling him Braveheart. I mean it.


Authors' Blogs-- Catch Up With Other Authors

This site provides a listing of blogs written by authors of various genres.

Authors' Blog

Do some exploring and you're bound to find an author that inspires you to continue writing.


Tuesday, October 2, 2007

End of One Thing, The Beginning of Another

I figured that since this was the inaugural post for this blog, it was fitting to pay a bit of tribute to one of the greatest writers of our time: Philip Roth.

A scandalous character takes his final bow -

So we say goodbye to Nathan Zuckerman and hello to The Write Links. Welcome. I hope you enjoy your stay!