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If you know of any livejournals by professional or aspiring writers, would you comment here and give me the usernames? I've been reading a few, and whenever their posts appear on my friends page it reminds me of what I'm trying to accomplish. I usually get some good advice and inspiration from reading what they have to say, as well.


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May. 5th, 2007 02:15 pm (UTC)

Two writers on my list are: naamah_darling and cluegirl and they are both excellent. If you get a chance, you should scroll back to see naamah_darling's dissertation on effective swearing.
May. 5th, 2007 04:53 pm (UTC)
May. 5th, 2007 03:15 pm (UTC)
synecdochic is awesome! She posts "writing meta" all the time, and she's got all those posts tagged for easy retrieval. Long, scholarly and interesting posts about her *process.* She comes to it from a fannish viewpoint (stargates), but she should be a creative writing teacher.

Also, astolat is a published author (I'll have to dig up her real name and *public* lj).

They both focus on sf.
May. 5th, 2007 04:54 pm (UTC)
thank you!
May. 5th, 2007 04:05 pm (UTC)
I have several LJing authors as friends and "LJ friends" that you may enjoy friending too. Just check out my friends list

I'd recommend both joe_haldeman and terrymcgarry in particular.
May. 5th, 2007 04:55 pm (UTC)
May. 5th, 2007 05:07 pm (UTC)
no problemo
May. 5th, 2007 04:41 pm (UTC)
I was sent here by mactavish. I have been writing professionally since 2000 and this year, I worked up the courage and cash to take a year off of the rat race to "just write." So far, my writing report card looks like this.
May. 5th, 2007 04:52 pm (UTC)
well, thank mactavish for me! nice to meet you. :)
May. 5th, 2007 04:46 pm (UTC)
Some published authors:
tomsdisch -- Tpm Disch
crowleycrow -- John Crowley
pameladean -- Pamela Dean
matociquala -- Elizabeth Bear
skzbrust -- Steven Brust
docbrite -- Poppy Z. Brite
nihilistic_kid -- Nick Mamatas
dduane -- Diane Duane
officialgaiman -- Neil Gaiman (feed from his blog)
bearsir -- S. Bear Bergman

And everyone here:
May. 5th, 2007 04:53 pm (UTC)
what a great list! thank you very much. :)
May. 5th, 2007 05:22 pm (UTC)
I'm one, although I don't write about writing very often. Or, rather, I don't think I do.

Also, ellen_kushner, skzbrust (Steven Brust), papersky (Jo Walton), misia (Hanne Blank), dkolodj (Debra Kolodj), jimhines, mindyklasky, pameladean, susanstinson

And there's sfwa, as well, which has some pro writers and some aspiring, though it's mostly about the SFWA.
May. 5th, 2007 05:36 pm (UTC)
These are mostly personal journals, but I particularly enjoy:

autopope : Charles Stross (unofficial)
mevennen : Liz Williams
tomsdisch : Tom Disch (mentioned above - he posts mostly poetry, but he's so beautifully curmudgeonly about it)
coffeeem : Emma Bull

Of all of them, Charlie Stross is the most helpful one to me personally. He doesn't post metawriting per se, but he tends to expose his process without describing it, and I find that illuminating. The speed with which he completes and publishes books is astonishing. He also makes occasional entries about the business of writing, which is always helpful to learn.

domynoe's White List (mentioned above) is really useful, although it's hard sometimes to wade through the entire list and know which journals are going to be helpful vs. which ones are personal journals of authors you just happen to like. So thanks for this thread, this is cool :-)
May. 5th, 2007 05:44 pm (UTC)
Hi, here from mactavish, here's the published writers on my flist:

misia - non-fiction books
andpuff - fantasy author Tanya Huff
cmpriest - Cherie Priest, spooky crime stuff set round New Orleans
yuki_onna - Catherine M Valente, author of the amazing modern-day fables The Orphans Tale
May. 5th, 2007 05:54 pm (UTC)
hi, i was directed here by mactavish. there are lots of pro/aspiring writers on lj, it's terrific! here are some:

blackholly: sf/fantasy author. website is blackholly.com. you can check out what she's published.
moschus: sf/fantasy. published "bloodangel." her sequel is being published this fall, i believe.
coebooth: published "tyrell," which recently won best young adult fiction award!

this link leads you to the "white list," which is essentially everyone on lj who is in the publishing industry. this should keep you busy for a while! ;)

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May. 5th, 2007 06:21 pm (UTC)
chodai. And, if you're a fantasy nerd, grrm.
May. 5th, 2007 06:33 pm (UTC)
mactavish sent me. practically as we speak, I am getting a phd in rhetoric and I am a poet and a writer of nothing yet professional but that is my next goal. my journal tends more towards diarish things, but that includes diary entries about my writing. don't know if that would be helpful.

I just finished my dissertation. is that helpful?
May. 5th, 2007 06:49 pm (UTC)
matociquala (Elizabeth Bear) is super helpful when she posts about her writing process, and she also posts links to other useful and interesting writer-related things at times.

mrissa (Marissa Lingen) is also a published writer whom I've found to be helpful to read.

Other people have also recommended people like coffeeem, willshetterly, skzbrust, officialgaiman, pameladean, and many more; there are many authors on Livejournal!

And many more aspiring writers, if I flooded you with those we could be here all day. *grin*
May. 5th, 2007 06:54 pm (UTC)
I came via mactavish. I'm not a novelist or poet, but I am a freelancer (my specialties are travel writing and book reviews). I write a lot in my LJ about this particular travel writing project that I'm working on at the moment. If you're interested, let me know, and I'll be glad to friend you.
May. 5th, 2007 08:52 pm (UTC)
I'm an aspiring writer (I'm also mactavish's fault). Most of my writing is kept in tangentialcurve though. machineplay is also wonderful and fabulous in a writerly way.
May. 5th, 2007 10:09 pm (UTC)
Let's be honest, though. Half my posts these days use the writing.damned tag and say something like, "This is going to kill me in the end!" *g*

Also, *waves at nayad, hello there. :)
May. 6th, 2007 12:22 am (UTC)
hi! nice to meet you. :)
May. 5th, 2007 08:54 pm (UTC)
And so is reannon. *headslap* :-D
May. 6th, 2007 12:54 am (UTC)
I'd guess I read over 100 writers' LJs and RSS feeds. Your best bet is probably to just go down my flist. *)
May. 6th, 2007 06:55 am (UTC)
I'll give you the list of authors on my LJ friends list. Some of them are feeds.
anghara is Alma Alexander. She writes about her writing among other things.
coffeeem is Emma Bull who has a new book "Territory" coming out this summer.
dpaxson is Diana Paxon. She posts infrequently.
lyda222 is Lyda Morehouse and she also writes as Tate Holloway.
matociquala is Elizabeth Bear who writes frequently about how she works at writing.
naominovik is Naomi Novik who LJ is sporadic.
ozarque is Suzette Haden Elgin. She usually write every day. She is also a linguist.
papersky is Jo Walton. Her latest book is "Farthing."
pbray Patricia Bray author of several books.
scott_lynch is a new author. His book "The Lies of Locke Lamora" was released last year. He lives in Wisconsin.
skzbrust Steven Brust
truepenny Wen Spencer
officialgaiman feed for author Neil Gaiman.
scalzifeed feed for John Scalzi.
shetterly feed for Will Shetterly. He is married to Emma Bull and they both live in Tucson now.

In reviewing my list I see that all the authors write Science Fiction or Fantasy. This a good reflection of my favorite reading choices I suppose.

May. 7th, 2007 12:59 am (UTC)
Woops, truepenny is Sarah Monette.
May. 7th, 2007 03:08 am (UTC)
Woops indeed. truepenny is Sarah Monette and wenspencer is Wen Spencer.
I don't know what happened because I wrote that Sarah Monette is a Wisconsin author so either my LJ client or my computer or the internet swallowed a segment of my post.
May. 7th, 2007 03:14 am (UTC)
Make that wen_spencer for her Live Journal.
May. 7th, 2007 08:13 pm (UTC)
George R. R. Martin can be found at grrm.
May. 17th, 2007 02:55 pm (UTC)
Joe Haldeman posted an interesting response in his LJ to a post on his SFF.NET newsgroup regarding different styles of writing practices. If you haven't "friended" Joe already, I thought you might find this one of particular interest.


Joe and Gay live a life that's absolutely amazing, imo. And they're extremely interesting and nice people to boot. All FWIW. :)
May. 17th, 2007 03:54 pm (UTC)
thanks for that link. i like to find out how many words of fiction people can write at a time; it's nice to know that i can keep up with at least some of the pros! :)
May. 17th, 2007 04:02 pm (UTC)
Yes, most of the pros I know have a set number of words that they want to put out every day. Even if what comes out is crap, they don't want to quit the habit. Keeps the ball moving down the field that way.

Another reference you might want to see if your local library has is a memoir by Fred Pohl called "The Way the Future" was which goes into his own writing habits and those of others. Damon Knight's last book on writing as such, "Creating Short Fiction: The Classic Guide to Writing Short Fiction" might also be worth a look. I see Amazon has some cheap copies available.
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