Merry Christmas From Marcy & Lisa

We hope you have a fabulous holiday season with friends and family. We are taking a blog break for a week to enjoy some time with our families, so come back next Thursday for more GWP awesomeness (is that a word?). We’ve collected a few links to tide you over until we’re back – you know, for when the turkey hangover wears off and you’re looking for an escape from the relatives 🙂

Check out Marcy’s post today What If Santa Were Real?

Someone hacked Lisa’s website (she’s still bitter), so instead here’s the five most popular GWP posts of the year.

5 Tips For Writing Deep POV
5 Ways To Know if You’re Showing Or Telling
5 Basics About Dialogue You Need To Know
Crafting A 25-Word Pitch
6 Grammar Mistakes That Will Cost You Readers

A Year In Review – seems like everyone is doing a collection of the year’s best posts

Jane Friedman has collected what she says are the 12 best articles about writing posted in 2011. Some of these are more academic in nature than others, but worthwhile reading.

Jane Friedman has also collected the very best of her own posts from this year (if you don’t already follow her blog). Lots and lots of great stuff here to sift through. A good site to bookmark and read one or two posts over your morning coffee (or other caffeinated beverage of choice) for a few days.

Are Tablets responsible for  a surge in the popularity of reading?

Bookbiz Santa list – sure you want to go with a royalty-based publisher? This may make you have second thoughts.

Ever heard of WattPad? It’s a Canadian initiative that’s made some big waves. Here’s a great WattPad success story of a serialized novel. Will be watching to see how this author does on her own.

A New Year’s resolution list for writers – you know someone was going to do it. This is pretty good. How many are you willing to give a go at?

If you’ve enjoyed and benefited from GWP weekly writing posts, we’d appreciate it if you dropped a quick email to the Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites For Writers contest on our behalf. Nominations close Jan. 1st. Make sure to take a minute and nominate your favorite blog or website – we hope we’re one of them – but do it even if we’re not.

Email: and put 101 Best Websites nomination in the subject line. Write a brief bit about why the site should be included in the list and give the name and url of the website/blog.

Marcy and Lisa

P.S. Here’s a little Christmas cheer for ya!

10 comments on “Merry Christmas From Marcy & Lisa

  1. This is my favorite Christmas carol. This is the best version I have heard. Thanks for sharing. Wishing you and your families a Merry Christmas!!!

  2. Merry Christmas to you both as well! Thanks for the lovely video. Intersting that a man playing the cello is brought to us by “The Piano Guys.”

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

    • You have to check out The Piano Guys on youtube. They’re awesome! If you’re into classical and neo-classical. They’re starting this really fabulous movement to get kids interested in classical music again – lots of videos spawning of kids imitating The Piano Guys. Super stuff!

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