Happy weekend, everyone! I know most of the continent is drenched in snow, but here in Vancouver we’re getting spring weather…in February! Even the cherryblossoms are in full bloom. It really is bizarre.
I went bin-diving at the local flea market this afternoon and was sweltering half the time, overdressed in my light jacket. Look at that cerulean-blue sky.
This week to share in writing:
- A professor’s 10-point manifesto on writing – everything grilled down to the essential. Practical and inspiring.
- Why it’s important to tell your critique partners exactly what you want from them. Three levels of critique for three stages of writing, exemplified as three different ice cream flavours. A must-read for those who want value out of workshop sessions (and not get hurt!).
- Brainpickings’ curated guide of advice on reading like a writer. . . by “absorbing, digesting, and appropriating the very qualities that make great literature great.”
- Why you should “murder your darlings” – or kill the very phrases and words you’re most proud of in a piece of original writing. (To be honest, I was suspicious of this notion upon the start of this article, but the author has a good point).
- For all you kids hoping to get famous through the literary magazine route, practical tips on submitting shorts from a seasoned editor.
This week to share in everything else:
- Social media advice from history’s greatest writers. “I love deadlines,” says Douglas Adams. “I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.”
- An intelligent dissection into the root of hipsterism (and hipster toast): is the contemporary subculture defined by the pursuit of irony or is it more “a product of privilege as well as crisis”?
- Stunning photos of modern people dressing and living like it’s the golden age of 50s rockabilly.
- A linguistic study into why the “keep calm and carry on” phenomenon is a phenomenon – did you know it originated from a British World War II poster?
- Is art becoming a pursuit exclusive to the elite? The danger of an elevated creative industry. “To make art now is just another inheritance.”