These Sunday Links are all about Writing!

What? Writing about writing on a writer’s blog? Who’d have thought this post would ever come to pass… From writing retreats to the supposedly greatest books of all time, I am hooking you up today! All of the writerly links are after the jump.

First of all, for any and all writers out there, how do you pick your characters’ names? For me, I tend to have a rough idea of my characters, and then I go to baby naming websites, pick a letter, and dive in until I find a name that both sounds like the character and whose meaning fits the character. Usually, however, I don’t put a ton of time into picking names. After reading this article about 10 Things to Consider When Naming Characters, I think I’ll be putting more thought into it from here on out.

More or less how I react to these sorts of lists. I'm a bit skeptical that every one of these books will change my life as the article claims, but they are worth investigating all the same.

More or less how I react to these sorts of lists. I’m a bit skeptical that every one of these books will change my life as the article claims, but they are worth investigating all the same.

As much as I do read, there are still many books that have not passed through my hands, and a vast majority of this list of books that will “actually change your life” consists of books that I have never read. I have heard of all of them, but I have read less than five of these 32. Guess I have some reading to do!

One book that everyone likes to talk about is George Orwell’s 1984, and everyone seems to have read it. I did not read it until the month after I graduated from college. I bought it on a whim in the airport when I was traveling to the East Coast with my parents to visit my sister and brother-in-law in New York. We made several stops along the way as my parents had business they needed to take care of, so I ended up reading the book a little before we visited the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Overall, that became a very sobering day. For those who have read Orwell’s classic novel, perhaps you would be interested in why he wrote it.

I have taken a writer’s retreat once–I should do this again, soon–and that was in 2009 midway through my first NaNoWriMo. I rented a cabin up at a state park for a Friday night and took my laptop. The upside was that there was no cell reception and no internet, so the only thing I could do was write. I ended up crashing early and waking up early, but I wrote thousands upon thousands of words. Up until that point, it was the most I had ever written in less than 24 hours, and I was very proud of it. If you’ve never taken a writer’s retreat, or you’re thinking of taking another one, consider glancing over this article by Holly Robinson for some suggestions and sound advice.

Maybe not the best, but still pretty good and rather well-rounded.

Maybe not the best, but still pretty good and rather well-rounded.

Entertainment Weekly claims to know the top ten novels of all time. I have read at least half of these novels, although I’m not entirely convinced of the value of this list. I feel like any list in this vein is going to be utterly subjective. Still, it’s a good list, even if I think it’s not the best.

And finally: 17 problems only book lovers will understand. 🙂

What links have you found about books/writing/reading lately? Please share in the comments!

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