Wednesday links: Non-disclosure agreements, fears, and the worst things to say to a writer

I love regularly reading tips and advice articles in certain subjects — particularly writing and publishing. I don’t always need the information right then, but I know that it’ll eventually come in handy. Or at least, I hope it will.

I know there are a lot of other people out there who feel the same way I do, but sometimes it can be difficult to find every useful advice article that’s out there. So I thought I’d bring you a few. Since I took advantage of the holiday and didn’t post last Wednesday, here are the tips and advice articles that jumped out at me the most this week.

1. Why Your Non-Disclosure Agreement Is Probably A Bad Idea, from Jane Friedman: I know, I know. You want to protect your story. But a non-disclosure agreement isn’t the way to do it. Excerpt: “So when you encounter the NDA as an editor, agent, or publisher, you know you’re dealing with someone who isn’t familiar with the standards of the industry. Of course, it’s true that once you put an idea out into the world, there isthe possibility someone else will steal that idea and use it for themselves.”

2. The Elephant in My Living Room, from Writer Unboxed: We all have our fears when it comes to writing, but you can’t let them determine your future. You have to look at them as something to overcome, sometimes slowly and other times more quickly. Excerpt: “Those who attended the WU UnConference with me last November would never have known I carried a secret shame, that there was a reason why the laptop I’d dutifully dragged with me from Dallas remained closed. With the exception of blog posts, I had written nothing for half a year.”

And as a fun little bonus: 24 Of The Worst Things You Can Say To A Writer, According To Twitter, from Buzzfeed: I kind of love this. Not all of them would bother me, but some of them already do. No excerpt for this one, since it’s more of a list than an article.

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