Writers’ Roundup: September 10

September 9, 2010

Wow, busy week. Anybody else feel like they’ve got a lot on their plate?

Some great links this week. A good variety, too, which makes me wonder whether I should continue to call this the Writers’ Roundup. Let’s get to it!

  • Excellent advice from ProBlogger: Make your blog sound like a trusted friend. This is huge when it comes to creating a blog community. I’d take it one step further and say don’t make it sound like a friend, make it be a friend. Make that trust real.
  • The National Association of Memoir Writers recently held a tele-conference (which I believe they’re turning into a regular occurrence) about red flags in memoir. Writer’s Digest’s Jane Friedman offered some great tips, so it’s worth listening to the audio.
  • Love this piece from Chris Brogan about looking for work. Create your own income, he says, rather than waiting for it to come to you.
  • What does it mean to be useful on Twitter? Social media thug Marian Schembari explains. Super important.
  • Oh! And writer Jessica Lawlor has me at her blog this week for a Q&A, where I talk about how I combat the lonlieness that comes with writing from home.

Have a great weekend!

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    7 Replies to “Writers’ Roundup: September 10”

    • Jessica says:

      Great links as always and thanks for including the link to your interview on my blog! 🙂

    • I always love your roundups! If I start one on my blog on fridays — links on environmental stuff, money stuff, simplicity stuff — am I a copycat?
      So PT’s article is interesting and I think she’s right on some counts, though the very short article (and her style, which can be flip) oversimplifies things. Having a baby when work stuff ain’t, well, working is a great idea ONLY if you don’t care that work stuff ain’t working. Otherwise … oh lord. Big recipe for resentment.
      I had a baby during a ‘lull’ in my career (if you call quitting a lull!) and it was an excellent choice for me. But some big factors: I had financial support via my husband (I’m staying home full time) and I *wanted* to leave journalism anyway. I quit because I was unhappy with journalism and where it was heading, and I didn’t want to do anything else job-wise. (I’m taking it easy on the “career” front these days, and putting my energy into other things). The fact I then got pregnant right after quitting was wonderful luck. But what’s made it really easy for me is I wanted to leave my job and try getting pregnant — I wanted to have a career lull. I’m not torn between two worlds; I’m not trying to balance work life and baby caring. I’ve seen so, so, so many people make themselves unhappy trying to do this.
      If you’re in a work lull *not by choice,* what happens if you have a baby and then all your time is tied up and you wonder “what if” you could be working on career stuff?
      I feel good about what I’m doing because I know I’m not missing a damn thing at a newspaper right now. It’s been very easy to walk away and stay home for a few years. But if newspapers were booming and all sorts of exciting things were going on, or if I was really eager to launch a new career or hit the job market? Oh man. It’d be hard to be home with a baby.

    • I knew me being dumb was the most likely answer. Gracias!

    • Melanie says:

      You always have such good links. I keep subscribing to more and more blogs. But will I ever have time to read them all…! ;P Congrats on the interview. Tre cool.

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