Welcome to The Skim. I skim the news for things I want to read and things you may want to know about. (Get it? The skim…I amuse myself.) The quotation of the week goes to Jane Austen: “The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerablyContinue reading “The Skim: 7 February 2015”
1. Additional tips on better self-editing (David Sheets, SPJ): “Blame this boom in boo-boos on the ease of electronic publishing, which has reduced the gap between writing and marketing to a barely perceptible slit and goads us into stream-of-consciousness creativity. We are all just a keystroke away from fame and fortune, we’d like to think. Thus,Continue reading “Friday Five: May 18 Edition”
1. Characterization and the kitchen sink (Seven Sassy Sisters): “Knowing the characters we create is key to a well-plotted and emotional story. I have a character sheet generated from different classes I took to help me create my hero and heroine. But, to be honest, most of the information didn’t appeal to the “I like thingsContinue reading “Friday Five: May 4 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, stimulateContinue reading “Friday Five: April 6 edition”
How To Adapt A Well Known Story For Fiction via @damyantig Writer’s 10 New Year Resolutions via @epublishabook Don’t Break the Chain (or Writing Like Jerry Seinfeld) 25 Things Writers Should Stop Doing (Right F*&#$*! Now) Extras for this Week: Your Challenge isn’t Motivation. It’s Follow-Through.