Starting with: this video on Youtube (link here) in which Ian McEwan talks about writing, confidence, and some of his own experiences with the process–I originally found the video through an article on the Poets and Writers site. It’s only three minutes long, so I recommend that if you haven’t seen it yet.
Also, I’ve never read anything by Ian McEwan. I’ll have to fix that soon. I was reading some reviews on Goodreads, and I found that he has two short story collections.
I’ve been busy, but I’m still on track with (most of) my stories. Two in particular I want to update you on. One is a revised first draft that I’m almost ready to send to Critters for some feedback. The other is about 1700 words or so, meaning I’m about a third of the way through that first draft (unless something unexpected happens during the second part of the story). I’m a step or two behind where I was aiming for a few weeks ago, but I recognize that’s just me being neurotic. I’m actually making good progress, and that’s encouraging.
What else? More book reviews are on the way. I recently read Why We Read Fiction by Lisa Zunshine, so I’ll have a review for that soon. Also, I’m going to start putting together a feature on some of the resources available to writers looking to learn about world building, and some of the methods that people are advocating in their books. The first part of that will be a roundup of different works I’ve read thus far, seeing how they compare to each other. (I’ll give you a hint: the quality ranges from excellent to “holy crap, someone actually put their name on this?”)
Finally, on a somewhat related topic: one of my characters, Metamethos, started writing a blog. Now, I don’t know exactly how he managed it, but the whole thing was done using my WordPress account. Weird how I don’t remember writing those posts, but my name shows up at the bottom. I read some of his stuff, and a lot of it seemed like whining to me, but he was right to say that his side of the story needs to be told. If you’re into that kind of thing, have a look.