Friday Five: March 30 Edition

Never trust the artist. Trust the tale.–D.H. Lawrence

Writing is a sweet, wonderful reward… –Franz Kafka

Perfect your writing voice from Novel Girl: “Voice is the writing style of an author. It is how they combine small-scale choices such as syntax and diction with big-picture aspects such as characterisation and plot development. As an amateur author, it’s one of the hardest aspects of what we do. After all, agents and editors often say that voice is one of the first things they look for when they read the first line, the first page, of a manuscript.”

How to Learn the Craft from Nicholas Sparks: “Learning to write is like learning anything else, and can be broken down into three general parts.” (The three parts are read, research and write.)

7 Steps to Making Great Sex by Jo-Ann Carson: “In essence, a good sex scene is usually dialogue with physical details.”

Round out your characters with contradictions by Roz Morris

Put your reader in your POV character’s skin by Margie Lawson


Friday Five: March 23 Edition

We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.

–Ernest Hemingway

12 Things that Successful People Do: Pay close attention to #1, #11…heck, the whole list.

Story Design: How to strengthen your climatic scene by Stavros Halvatzis

6 Signs of Description Misuse by Lynda R. Young

Deep 3rd person POV by Terry Odell

A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing: The Value of Publicity by J. A. Konrath

Friday Five: March 16 Edition

What makes an alpha hero? by Carrie Ann Ryan: “What makes an Alpha Hero? Sadly, I don’t think we can go to a caldron and add in a touch of assertiveness, a dash of protectiveness, a tsp of washboard abs, and a Tbs of a deep voice. Oh, but if we could. Yum.”

Is your straight man too straight? from The Aspiring TV Writer and Screenwriter Blog

5 Steps from Dreams to Completed Goals by Kristen Koster

What Does It Take For Your Fiction To Breathe In The Past, Present, and Future? by Haley Whitehall

Singing the story by Emma Darwin: “Every word needs to do not just one right job, but two right jobs.”


Friday Fives: March 9 Edition

Use GoodReads to Promote Your Book on Writers Relief: “If you are looking for an easy, fun, and free way to promote your writing and connect with people who have similar taste in books (i.e., fans, readers, editors, agents), Goodreads is for you!”

Writer, Professional, Goodby John Scalzi: “‘When may you call yourself a writer? When may you call yourself a professional writer? When may you say you are a good writer?’ These are three separate but related questions.”

Promoting a Pen Name by Elizabeth S. Craig: “This post is for those of you who write under two names—but want to link your pen name to your real name (in case you have readers who want to take the leap to another genre or series with you.)”

Overcoming Fear: ” If you keep making the decision to write, to show up every day and work, even if it’s only a sentence or a paragraph at a time, eventually the fear will lessen and will probably subside altogether.”

Writing Historical Romance by Mia Marlowe


Friday Fives: March 2 Edition

How to establish character identification by Stavros Halvatzis: “In a well-crafted film or novel, we often identify with the characters in the story. At the very least, we need to identify with the protagonist – if we are to be drawn into the tale at all. By identification, I mean the tendency to experience a character’s achievements, failures, foibles, likes and dislikes as if they were our own. Identification is not the same as liking the character, although, in the traditional story, it is one of the most important elements. Because identification helps to draw us into the story more effectively than is otherwise possible, it is one of the most important story-telling skills to master.”

How to Read More by Leo Babauta: “Lots of people say they want to read more, but don’t know how to start. Read this. It should help.”

The Power of Polish by Russell Blake: “If you can’t sit back and say, upon re-read, that you’ve done the very best job you can, you’re selling yourself and your readers short. You both deserve better, so slow down, have a little patience, and get out the thesaurus and Strunk and White. Don’t cut yourself any slack.”

Plot or Subplot by Amy Romine

Catching Your World on Paper: “World building, in it’s most basic form, is the process by which an author takes the story as it is in his or her mind and carefully reconstructs it on the page.”