100 Posts Roundup: Best Of Novelr

ECG heart rateNovelr started 100 posts ago with a simple Introduction. It seemed like a good idea ( at the time) to cover what writing fiction on the web would mean, and how to go about it. I apologize for slowing down the pace of posts and ideas these two months – real life has literally swept me off my feet and carried me far away from the blogosphere.

Here are some posts that I’m particularly proud of:

  • ‘i’ is a Cardinal Sin. This was early on in Novelr’s history, when I realized that typing uncapped ‘i’s in sentences made my writing seem juvenile. This was my first taste of Internet impressions, where the written word is everything.
  • Blogs are Fantastically Boring. Are all blogs made to be published? Absolutely not.
  • Shut Up and Write. I did this for Problogger’s group writing project, and it promptly gathered 81 comments. I was particularly proud of the post – it was whimsical, light, and I attempted to belittle that horror called Writer’s Block we all get from time to time. I think I succeeded.
  • Crossfire: All Blooker Prize Winners Are Amateurs. This is perhaps the one of the hardest posts I’ve ever done. Took me two days of thinking and discarding replies. Ed-infinitum‘s got a great mind screwed on his shoulders – I do hope he directs that formidable intellect of his towards blooking again.
  • Blooking Need A Community. Because it does.

There has also been a number of guest posts on Novelr, by writers whom I am particularly grateful for. Their ideas have helped shaped the discussions in and around this blog, as well as on blooking overall:

  • Beginning, Middle and End. Scott Mackenzie outlines why we should all finish a story before blogging it. And if it is a work in progress, tell your readers!
  • I’ll Look At Your If You’ll Look At Mine. Here Gloria Hindelbrandt talks about the selfish tendencies us writers have: we tend to read our own work, and overlook the efforts of others. It is provoking, and all the more better for it.
  • On Editing. Blooking because you won’t get edited. Lee tells us why that’s a good thing.

And there’s of course the Ultimate Blooking Guide, which was an absolute chore to do. It did prove helpful – I’ve lost count of the number of people who’ve thanked me for compiling the resource, especially when they’ve just started out blooking.

Little things like that makes the work on Novelr all the more worthwhile. Thank you all, and here’s to more stuff to think about in the next hundred posts!

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  • http://rebirthnovel.blogspot.com Scott McKenzie

    Congratulations on the 100th post, here’s to the next 100!

  • http://www.novelr.com Eli James

    Thank you Scott!

  • http://artmaker.blogspot.com ming

    I remember my first 100 post, it was nowhere near the quality of the stuff you produce here…

    congrats! and good luck! looking forward to the next 100

  • http://www.novelr.com Eli James

    Thanks, ming. You don’t know how much your comment means to me: coming online after a tiring day to see this on Novelr is .. inspiring. Just that little boost I need.

  • http://www.ohouse.ca Gloria Hildebrandt

    I just stumbled across this by accident, which is why I haven’t commented earlier. Thanks for acknowledging my guest post here, although you’ve given me a novel last name! I usually get Gloria Vanderbilt — I wish!

  • http://www.novelr.com Eli James

    I apologize for the gaffe, Gloria. And I’m sorry for not replying earlier – hiatus took quite a bit out of me.