September Roundup

I like to do monthly round-ups where I pick some of my favorite posts from around WordPress for the past month.  It doesn’t say anything about style, content, or really anything – just that I liked some of these posts and would love to share them with you.

This month, there was a TON of excellent stuff.  It was hard to even narrow it down this much, and you’ll see there’s quite a few articles and stories to choose from!

6 Reasons You Should Love Your First Draft

pen writing gold ink

This was one of the first posts K.M. Allan put up after I started following her.  If you have a book you’ve recently finished and are starting to question the value of, give this post a read – it’ll help you put your book’s quality into perspective.

Tips for Choosing Character Names

I admit – I’m a bit of a nerd-o linguist, and I love coming up with character names.  I thought Diane Tibert’s suggestions, especially the one to keep it simple, is an excellent tip that weirdos like me need to keep in mind.

But oh, isn’t it so refreshing and fun to invent garbage names?  Isn’t it great that you can create a first draft with the name you want then use ctrl-f or ctrl-r to easily replace a garbage name with something pronounceable?

10 Ways to Know if Your Poem is Ready

I am trying to get better at poetry.  I’ve only really written prose since I’ve begun, and I am even pretty inexperienced at appreciating poetry.  Marnie Heenan writes a lot of poetry, and she’s started putting out published work, so I really enjoyed seeing some advice from her on some poetry tips.

What I’ve Learned from my First Hurricane

FlorenceKris Lynn apparently is a fellow Carolinian and went through Florence!  I was kind of excited to see that I had a partner in crime (though I didn’t get to loot nearly as much as planned…).  I’m glad they’re ok, and I’m glad I’m ok!  Whew, close call there.

Also, looting is bad.  Let’s get it straight that I was being sarcastic above.  You can laugh without going to hell now.

Quien es? An Alternate History

Tom Darby produces a lot of fun stuff, but I have to say this post was the one that got me this month (mostly because I think ‘The Fourth Woman’ was done last month).  I also like how his regional history feels so distinctly western, so incredibly arid and yet beautiful.  He produces an incredible slice of Americana in this piece.

Not to Everyone’s Taste

I just thought this one was funny.  Perhaps it’s because I’ve recently joined the homeowners of the world and can appreciate how terrible a horrifying color palette can be when looking at a house.  It makes you wonder ‘whyyyy?’

The Sky-Pirates of Durn – Part 18

2095So, here’s a pro tip: start reading this at part 1.

If you don’t, I’ll warn you that Part 18 had a beautiful twist that I didn’t see coming and that I 100% approve of.  I always love installments in this series, and I want to encourage you to check it out if you have the time to catch up.  It’s really a fun read, especially for free and in your WP reader.

The September Free Writes on the Carrot Ranch

The Carrot Ranch is hosting the Flash Fiction Rodeo next month, and they’ve been posting qualifying contests all month.  TOMORROW IS THE LAST ONE!  I think the Carrot Ranch is one of the most vibrant, interactive prompt-based writing communities, and participating in the rodeo would be an incredible way to start.  If you plan on entering, do it!  If you hadn’t, I’d encourage you to try tomorrow anyway!  Everyone gets only 24 hours to write their hearts out, so you have nothing to lose.

Thanks for checking out this month’s roundup, and I hope you enjoy some of the things I’ve picked!

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10 thoughts on “September Roundup

  1. Thanks for the mention 🙂 Though I made parts 1-6 of Durn unavailable a couple of weeks ago. At the moment only I can see them, but maybe if there are people who want to read it all from the beginning I could make them available again, though it had been sometime since anyone had looked at them…

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