Thursday, August 12, 2010

Oooo. Great find.

Okay, I didn't know these were up! Over at NaNoWriMo, there are writer-to-writer pep talks -- good for all kinds of artists. I'm there, as well as Neil Gaiman, Sara Gruen, Tom Robbins, and many others. If you need a creativity boost, go! (Maybe keep them on file. Never know when you'll need one.)

Here's the linky.

Go forth and check it!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Get kids reading -- ANYthing.

Dave and I started a nonprofit in 2006 to get free books to underprivileged kids in the state of Florida. Books in the home is a primary indicator of literacy. And it was our hunch that if you get books into kids' hands -- books that they pick out and own -- reading would follow.

This New York Times article reports on a study that says, Yep. That's about right.

If you want info on how to donate books -- we love a book drive -- or if you want to make a donation -- the fund is housed at the Florida State University Foundation -- drop an email. jcbaggott at gmail. Or visit www.booksindeed.org. The site isn't perfectly up to date at the moment, but it gives the overview of what we try to do.

--Julianna Baggott

Friday, August 6, 2010

Writing Like Carrying Stones

People think writing a more commercial novel is easier than a more literary novel. (I think that depends on the writer's way of seeing and thinking and imagining the world. And it's best o keep in mind that writing any kind of novel can turn into bear wrestling -- when you least expect it.) Both kinds of writing have their burdens, that's what I mean. Like carrying stones on your back, the weight's not lighter or heavier; it just rests on different shoulders. The key is knowing what shoulder you should be using -- and some of the writers I admire most use both.

I have now officially stretched the writing-is-like-carrying-a-sack-of-stones metaphor to its limit. I'd like to go on to say that the stones can fill with helium and the sack can billow with air and lift you up, every once in a while, and land you where you need to land. But, see, I just don't have that kind of fluff in me today. My shoulders are tired.

Feel free to rip all of this up if it doesn't suit you.