Friday Five: April 13

The Myth of More Time (Gradhacker): A great read–but replace all dissertation and conference paper references with novel or story — “But, I don’t want to talk about time managementI want to talk about a more psychologically complex phenomena, something I call the myth of more time, or the instances in which “more time” isn’t the best solution: would the dissertation chapter, conference abstract, or presentation be measurably improved with more time? Not necessarily.”

The Champion of Wonk: Editor Carolyn Nichols and Loveswept (Wonkomance): Loveswept was my gateway drug into the romance world. “I really think Loveswept changed the landscape of romance. They removed the boundaries. They encouraged writers to color outside the lines. The books were fresh and fun and fast and daring. In fact, if any editor could be considered a champion of wonk, it would be Carolyn Nichols. Loveswept invited authors to push the boundaries. To completely ignore the boundaries.”

The Law and Order Approach to Writing (Terry Odell): “I learned today’s reader wants you to start off with a bang. Get their attention. Keep the pace moving to retain the reader’s interest. Provide red herrings to keep them off guard. Add surprising plot twists. Don’t write down to the reader, but avoid terminology that is too specialized without some explanation. Develop believable characters and provide them with dialogue that sounds like real human beings. A sonsabitch should sound like a sonsabitch and not Aunt Tillie at a pot luck. And don’t forget – show don’t tell.”

Getting Better vs. Being Good (The 99 Percent): “Everybody likes to do stuff they’re good at. When we’re doing the types of tasks and projects we’ve already mastered, we feel in control and confident. But settling into our sweet spots – and avoiding new experiences that require us to “stretch” – comes with consequences.”

The Perils of Perfectionism (GradHacker): Good read that can also apply to novelists. “Comparing ourselves to others is, like biting nails, a bad and nervous habit that we could quit if we only could relax a little.”

Bonus Video: Shit Writers Say

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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