Friday Five: April 6 edition

All Fridays are good Fridays, but today is Good Friday for those who are of the Christian faith.

Your Brain on Fiction (New York Times): “Brain scans are revealing what happens in our heads when we read a detailed description, an evocative metaphor or an emotional exchange between characters. Stories, this research is showing, stimulate the brain and even change how we act in life.”

Climax! (Seekerville): “According to Nancy Kress in Beginning, Middles and Ends, the climax is whatever big event the forces in your story have been building toward throughout the book. The climax should do four things…”

Creating Dark Heroes (Sweet ‘N Sexy Divas): “Most dark heroes tend to be Alpha males and I have a tendency to develop Beta heroes. Since my heroes tend to have an underlying darkness, I was eager to learn how Anne creates her dark heroes. Here are some notes on creating the hero for the dark love story which I’ve put together from my notes. There are many questions, but much of the ability to develop character layers is to ask questions and not be afraid to dig deep.”

Silence Your Editor with Substance (Seekerville): “When we remember to do certain things as we write that first draft, we’ll silence that pest. Why? She’ll have the assurance we’re not merely typing words, we’re typing story.”
Who What Where Why (Seven Sassy Sisters): “We have a dozen things to do before breakfast, and then the pace really picks up.  But sometimes we don’t stop to consider WHY we’re doing what we’re doing. Pausing to ask a pertinent question now could save you a LOT of grief later on.”

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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