Friday Five: Feb. 17 Edition

Gentle Resolutions for the Writer via Bits & Bytes: “Writers, too, sometimes make resolutions or set goals. Beware setting lofty goals that are unrealistic and end up making you depressed. Be kind to yourself. Make resolutions or set goals that won’t drive you crazy as you attempt to meet them.”

Life Lessons from Romance Novels via MSN: “You may know them as “bodice rippers,” but romance novels offer much more than longhaired, big-breasted heiresses fainting over bare-chested men. Instead, “characters in these books struggle with many of the same issues we do, and they still end up happy and deserving of love,” says Debra Holland, Ph.D., a psychotherapist and romance novelist herself. Here are some important lessons you can learn from romantic reads.”

First Drafts: The Curse of the Blinking Cursor, a.k.a. Staring at a Blank Screen, Waiting for the Book to Write Itself via Sarah Tanner: “In reality, I fall between the plotters and the pantsers of the writing world. I need to have a feel for my characters before I start, plus a rough outline of the plot. Without this, my staring-at-a-blank-screen time increases substantially. However, experience has shown me that I don’t truly know who my characters are – or where their story is going – until well into the first draft. Consequently, the detailed charts and notes I create during the pre-writing stage are heavily revised before tackling the second draft. I accept this, and regard the charts as a jumping off point for my story. They give me a sense of security, particularly when I have a bad writing day and feel as if I’m floundering.”

Scott Morgan: 5 Things Writers Should Do (When They Want To Suck) and its compliment, 5 Things Writers Should Never Do (When They Want To Suck)  

Published by tianajohnson90

I am an oil-and-water combination of humor, ambition, laziness, insecurity, certainty, procrastination, and drive. I am an aspiring romance novelist who writes by the seat of her pants. Waging and sometimes winning a daily battle with procrastination, plots, characters, and the day job.

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