Somehow it never occurred to me to look for author blogs until I started writing a blog myself. One of the best parts of all this has been reading other people’s blogs, and it’s been so fun to find that several of my favorite authors have blogs. Today, here are some favorite ones from favorite authors, with links if you want to check them out.
Patricia C. Wrede has a very valuable writing-focused blog. She posts Sundays and Wednesdays, and discusses both the craft of writing and the complexities of publishing. Most often I feel like I see either the art OR the business, so this is a great place to get information on both. She offers solid advice across a range of writing topics, gives funny examples at times, and makes references to her own books, which is always fun too.
Gail Carson Levine also writes about writing, mostly the craft. I think her target age group is middle school, but her advice is good regardless of your age. The middle school aspect mostly comes out in that her writing prompts revolve around school or parents or topics like that. Levine posts every Wednesday, and while her topic is sometimes more basic than Wrede’s, she still drills into great areas and often gives me a new idea or a new angle on something (say, Point of View) that I felt like I already knew a lot about. She also makes frequent references to her own books and writing process; I’m fascinated by how writers write, so I love knowing that background to her books.
Robin McKinley posts every day; her blog requires a certain amount of wading. She tends to write stream-of-consciousness about whatever is going on in her life, and some of it seems like it would have, er, niche appeal. I usually read her posts a week at a time, and I skim until I find a section that looks good. On the so-so (for me, at least) days, she talks about her knitting, her singing lessons, and the intricacies of bell-ringing. On better days, she talks about her garden, her hellhounds, and her fights with recalcitrant technology. On the best days, she talks about her writing. And then there was the Great Bat Catastrophe (my name for it) last spring, when she had bats nesting in her attic and finding ways through into her house…terrible for her, I’m sure, but so funny to read about.
The thing with McKinley’s blog is–when she’s dull, she’s very dull (unless you’re interested in bell-ringing, perhaps). But when she’s good, she’s VERY good. The thing about reading blogs by favorite authors is that they’re good writers. McKinley can be very funny and very engaging, and once you’ve been reading for a while you get used to the groove of her life and it’s fun to stroll through. Then when I read her book Sunshine, I felt like I could see her personality coming through in the book, which added a whole new layer to it. And it’s great to be up on the key events in her writing–I knew about it when she switched the book she was working on, and I got to order a personally signed (and doodled) copy of Beauty when she had an auction!
Other favorite authors with blogs include Gordon Korman and Geraldine McCaughrean, but they post very rarely, and Tamora Pierce, who posts sporadically, usually about news items. I also hear good things about Neil Gaiman’s blog, though I haven’t followed him regularly.
Who are your favorite authors who blog? Or favorite blogs that are by authors? Almost the same thing…but maybe not always.