Friday Five: May 25 Edition

1. Mixing the Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations to Create Something Fresh (Adventures in YA and Children’s Literature): “Every book we write is also a living bookshelf of every book we’ve ever read. The words of our mentors and the faces of the beloved friends we’ve laughed with and cried with haunt our pages like shadows beneath our sentences. So, since we are all unique, we shouldn’t be afraid to mix it up.”

2. 10 Pieces of Writing Advice I’ve Gotten from Other People(Andrew Jack): “I tell people I’m not qualified to give writing advice, but no one ever seems to believe me. It’s the truth, I’m blundering along through this like everyone else, and if I do have any good advice it’s because I’m learning from my own bad decisions. Or, I’ve gotten it from someone who does know what they’re doing.”

3. The Key to Finding Peace When You Sit Down to Write(Courage 2 Create): “The first step to establishing peace throughout your day is to become increasingly aware of what is causing the chaos in your life. Thich Nhat Hanh would say that whenever we feel worn out, anxious, upset or filled with turmoil then that means we have come into direct contact with toxins. Toxins make us feel angry, upset, anxious, hopeless, restless, they make us feel bad about ourselves and worst of all they cause our mind to bound around in chaos.”

4. An Introvert’s Guide to Social Media (Once Written, Twice Shy): “The cool thing about online social media is that it allows you to connect with other people without that live interaction some of us find overwhelming. No speeches, no cocktail parties, no worrying what to wear or whether you’ve got spinach in your teeth. And in today’s world, if you’ve published a digital version of your book, social media provides a relatively low-stress, free way to promote your book.
But where do you start?”

5. The Nuts and Bolts of Writing a Novella (Seekerville): “What did I leave out to get the story down in 25,000 words? Nothing. This is a mini-novel, so everything must be there. Just more compact, squeezed together,tightened. Descriptions and secondary characters must be pared down to get the story written in what’s around one-third of a novel’s word count.”

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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