Category Archives: How-To
I present to you my attempt at a weekly round up, that is, a conglomeration of good posts from the last week. This will be too long because I follow too many blogs. It will also be too much coolness to handle in its entirety, so just scroll through and open whatever catches your eye. 😀 If this isn’t too painful in the creation, you will get more.
- News & Noteworthy
(As if every single one of these links isn’t noteworthy. My headings need work.)
The eye-popper of the week award goes to A Follow’s Not a Book Sale (Though It’s Really Nice), which asks “Does social media affect sales AT ALL?” via The Intern
Pretend you don’t need 3 Ways to Keep Social Media from Taking Over Your Writing Time. Just pretend. I dare you. via Author, Jody Hedlund
- Writing Advice
Here’s something with the provocative title of Writing Multiple Books in a Year– It Doesn’t Take as Much as You Think. via Mystery Writing is Murder
This is about changing the way you view subplots forever and Grey’s Anatomy. via Novel Rocket And to continue mining TV shows, Lessons from Downton Abbey.
We were gifted with two brilliant pieces on Io9: How Not to Be a Clever Writer and 8 Unstoppable Stories for Writing Killer Short Stories.
EditTorrent talks about what three varied writers need to start. Once the push from what you need to start a novel wears off, Janice Hardy has So Where Were We? Finishing Manuscripts. She also has Under Development: Ways to Create Characters.
Nifty little things that have been around since the dawn of time I am only now discovering because I live underneath a rock. It’s dark here.
Solving the “I don’t have the money or the oomph to travel” excuse for not attending writer conventions is WriteCon, an online conference for KidLit, MG, and YA authors. It’s free.
Donna Macmeans has compiled a list of Rooting Interests, the things that get readers behind characters.
I present to you The Michael Hauges Story Concept Template. In fact, this is going to be the All-Important Reader Engagement Moment of the Week. Fill in the blanks with your novel and post it in the comments below so we can see what each other is writing! iva Jill Williamson
My twitter stream was filled by people tweeting their Hunger Names this week. It gives you your precinct, the number of your game, and the way you die, too. Yes, this is under “fun.”
A fellow aspiring writer takes the amusing route in announcing a vacation. Which I should do instead of not posting for a month without notice.
Enjoy. Don’t forget to leave the your Michel Houghes Story Concept Template in the comments so we can learn about each other’s plots!
A while back (and midway through a spyfy) I realized I didn’t know how to write fight scenes. So I googled it. Problem is, apparently everyone posts what everyone knows about fight scenes. I ate page after page of redundant material until I had found enough unique sites to know my stuff. Do not worry, this is not going to be yet another post on what everyone knows about fight scenes. Other people have written enough on how to write fight scenes that I can give you a nice triplet of links and sleep at night knowing I’ve helped you bloody your characters. Take the time to read through these; it can only improve your fighting skill. Er, writing fighting skill.
How to Write a Fight Scene
After I read this, I thought, “I need to rewrite every fight scene I’ve ever written.” After a friend read this (on my recommendation), she said, “I feel like rewriting every fight scene I’ve ever done.” Essentially the same thing. 😉 I believe you will feel the same way too. The author leads you through a fight scene step by step in the one of the more engaging voices I have read in an article.
Fight Scenes 101
An entire (small) site devoted to fight scenes. Thumbs up. The sections are titled Location, Weapons, Language, Writing, Big Odds, Big Battles, Other Types of Action, and Weapons Database, which gives you a good idea of the contents.
Does Your Fight Scene Pack a Punch?
Just an article, but it packs a punch. Pun unintended. This article focuses on two major things: how to keep your fight scenes from looking like a choreographer’s notebook (For the record, mine did.) and how to give your fight scene emotional punch. After all, readers aren’t going to worry about that broken nose if there is no emotion involved.
Pretty much every other article you’ll find parrots what is covered in these three sites. ‘Tis a pity. I could rant about regurgitation articles forever (or at least a paragraph). Instead. . . Enough experts. What do you have to say about writing fight scenes? Anything to add?