Whip! Crack! Here’s a herd of writing and publishing blog posts I found most interesting this week, corralled all nice and neat for ya’ll.

Author Natalie Whipple had a great post this week on building characters.

From Favorite PASTimes, a list of December’s new releases in Christian fiction.

Michael Hyatt’s post on the SI Reader, coming in 2010, is interesting. Be sure to watch the video demonstration from Sports Illustrated. Pretty cool. For a magazine. I’m not sure if I’d like to read a novel with a bunch of extraneous bells and whistles. Depends on what those bells and whistles were. As some have commented on his post, it’s still the words, the story, that must transport.

After you watch the video, I’d be curious to know what sort of features you’d like to see in a novel, given a similar format. Sound tracks for scenes? Images of characters? For historicals: an extended author’s note about her research? Author interview videos? On location videos at the modern setting? Living history videos of reenactments? Personally I don’t need any of it, but I admit when I’ve loved a novel I’ve greedily devoured every word of the acknowledgments, author’s notes, and whatever else the publisher has given me beyond the actual story, because good stories leave us wanting more. Perhaps this multimedia experience is one way to do that. It might be the thing that makes me invest in something other than a print copy of a book. But I’m still far from sold on the idea.

And at Novel Journey, author Randy Ingermanson writes about his new craft book, Writing Fiction for Dummies. This looks good.

Rounding up these blogs posts was a breeze compared to this feat:

Makes me laugh every time. Have a good weekend everyone!

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