1. Helpful Critiquing (Savvy Authors): “If you’re a working writer, you already know how difficult it is to judge your own work. The mental image we have is of what we meant to say; sometimes that may not have been achieved. If you’re part of a writing group, critiques are an integral part of the process and you want the same helpful feedback you’d like on your own work. In analyzing other’s work, you educate your own eye and become a better editor. And brainstorming solutions for the problems other writers face gives you a chance to apply those to your own work.”
2. But Is It a Scene? (Faeries, Dragons and Spaceships): “Screenwriting is a great place to try to understand what needs to be in a scene. Even though the average script is 110 pages, and most novels are 2-3 times that, the principle is the same, and sometimes easier to see in screenwriting.
David Trotter in The Screenwriter’s Bible has a very informative list for making great scenes.”
3. Proving Them Wrong (Shelly Bell): “My teacher was not happy and asked again what I seriously wanted to do. I shrugged and looked at the wall and answered again. “Write.” I was told since I had never really shown much interest (well, at school anyway) in joining the paper or entering writing contests, I should think again . . .I did, but that’s another story for another day. Little did I know I would end up fulfilling this prophecy. And this one was pretty much on the money because twenty years later, I would end up on an island writing a book. And it’s been the best accidental prediction a girl could ask for.”
4. Let’s Get Productive (Suzanne Purvis): “So more than ever we must sit our butts in the chair and produce. Here are 16 tips to help you do just that. Many you probably know, but here there once again, as a reminder to get those words down.”
5. How to Pimp Your Facebook Page (Julie Ortolon): “Authors, are you struggling with the appearance of your Facebook page in the new layout? Here are some quick tips to help you get a great look.”