Most readers of this blog will have noticed the many posts I credit to The Passive Guy (aka PG) and his excellent, free newsletter, which is chock-full of information regarding the publishing industry. Not so many will be aware that my family includes members who are suffering from mental illness: one cousin who suffered from […]
(Reblogged from BlondeWriteMore)
The first kiss between the hero and heroine is a huge turning point for a romance story. Up until this point both the hero and heroine will have been denying their true feelings, casting smouldering looks and giving each other weird tingling sensations. As the writer / author you will have been busy chucking […]
Today, the guys in the Goodreads Top 5 Wednesday group have an interesting topic: BOOK TRENDS YOU’RE TIRED OF! This is a topic about things you are tired of seeing that are trending in publishing today. Maybe, something that pops up on a lot of covers these days, or the popularity of certain tropes in a particular genre. There is something out there you are tired of seeing. This is the time to LET IT OUT!
Life is all about trends. I’m old enough now to recall loads of trends from fashion to fiction. Certain aspects of each changing under the pressure of the prevailing whims of the society they are tailored to satisfy. Some trends I’ve liked and hated to see end, while others could not have vanished fast enough to suit my tastes. And that also applies to the prevailing trends in the SFF fiction I am currently seeing.
Since this topic is focusing on what trends I don’t like, I want to go ahead and say there are many things being done in the SFF circles that I do greatly enjoy. More female protagonists, more female writers, more diversity in societies, and many other areas have made SFF a more exciting genre to read. So before anyone says I’m a “hater” of some kind, please note we are only dealing with the trends I’ve grown tired of.
5. CHOSEN ONE TROPE
Long ago, it was always an orphan boy. Then we changed to an average boy. Then authors included girls in the mix. Now, we have used this trope to the point where everyone including the family house cat has been the Chosen One. I, for one, am sick to death of it. No one is the damn Chosen One alright. Our life is our own to make of it what we will. We become something great through hard work, dedication, and innate ability (a little luck, as well), not a damn prophecy. Let’s move on from this already.
I started 2016 with a miserable writer look on my face (similar to a bulldog chewing a wasp) and I ended it with a smile. As the year progressed my writer happiness levels increased. Based on my learnings from 2016, here are my top tips on how to be a happy writer in 2017:
Originally posted on Hugh’s Views & News: I’m celebrating the upcoming publication of my first book, Glimpses, and from now until December 2nd, I’d like to invite everyone to my prelaunch blog party. Here’s what you need to do. In the comments section of this post, write a brief introduction of who you are…
(reblogged from TheWriteLife)
If you’re participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) this November , you’re likely gearing up to plan your novel in October. Writing 50,000 words in 30 days takes work, and starting the month prepared makes it easier to hit your goal — or even surpass it.
Since all stories are about an interesting character solving an interesting problem in an interesting way, your first step is to figure out your main character(s), the story problem, and the main goal.
In a few sentences, describe what this novel will be about. This summary will be your guide for October, and help keep you on track all through November.
Week 1 (October 1 to 7): Focus on the novel’s setup
Beginnings introduce the characters, story problem, and story world or setting to readers, and they set the stage for the rest of the novel.
A strong start will provide you with solid scene goals, giving you something to write about every day.
Things to determine:
How the protagonist is introduced
What traits do you want readers to know right away? How might you show those traits in action? What likable qualities does your protagonist have? How can you show those qualities in your opening scene or first chapter?
The problem the opening scene deals with
An opening with an interesting problem to solve gives the story drive and the characters reasons to act. What problem might your protagonist face when the novel opens?
Remember, the goal of an opening is to a.) hook readers and b.) lead the plot to the core conflict of the novel.
The inciting event
If this event did not happen, there would be no novel. It either drives your opening, or is the bridge between your opening scene and the beginning of the middle (act two).
Ana's Lair, Andrew Chapman, Anne Bishop, Anne Rice, But I Smile Anyway, C. Dean Andersson, Christopher Stasheff, Geeking Out About It, Linda Hilton, Naomi Clark, Reblog, Rose-Tinted Glasses, Secret Life of a Book Blogger, Sophia Stewart, Sue Knott, Tanith Lee, Timothy Zahn
Found this in my WordPress feed and think it’s both a good idea and a good way to get to know all your fellow bloggers. Like Ice Buckets and Pokemon GO!- start with yourself, tag anyone else you’d like to join in and stand back.
How long have you been a blogger?
Off and on about ten years. Started with MySpace (remember them?), but never really got into it. After I started reviewing I picked up on WordPress- which I like a lot.
At what point do you think you’ll stop?
I guess when I lose interest, but I don’t see that happening anytime soon. I enjoy doing it and have met a lot of interesting people… I haven’t liked some of them, but they’ve been interesting. ;p
What’s the best thing?
Aside from what I’ve just mentioned, blogging in it’s way is a reflection of the human condition. Back when we only had penpals and party lines, contact and outreach was still severely limited. Now everyone and everything is at our fingertips anytime we like (and we’re still mostly look at cat pictures and porn). The unlimited possibilites of connecting with each other and sharing information and ideas has never been so easy or unsettling.
What’s the worst thing? What do you do to make it ok?
I feel like I’m answering these questions before I even get to them. The worst thing is the raw, unfiltered look at the underbelly of humanity. Every ugly thought and deed is displayed, and deliberately so. The desire to be noticed and in many cases, feted uponoverrides everything else- whatever’s getting you attention (likes, upvoted), feted, or in some cases worshipped, is becoming more and more accepted as ok.
How long does it take you to create/find pictures to use?
Not long. I’m pretty good at pinpointing my searches to find exactly what I need.
Who is your book crush?
When I was in high school it was the late, great Tanith Lee- if you’ve read any of her books, imagine reading them during puberty. Don’t have one nowadays- guess it’s a sign of encroaching maturity. lol
What author would you like to have on your blog?
So many- almost too many to mention- and for a variety of reasons. We’ll go with Anne Bishop, Sue Knott, Naomi Clark, Andrew Chapman, Matt Schiariti, Linda Hilton, Kevin Hearne, Christopher Stasheff, Michael Stackpole, Timothy Zahn, Sophia Stewart, Laurell Hamilton, Anne Rice, C.Dean Andersson for starters.
What do you wear when you write your blog posts?
How long does it take you to prepare?
Depends upon the subject. I’m sure most everyone would tell you some posts pretty much write themselves. Others take some research and planning.
How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?
Lovin’ it. Like I said- so many interesting and engaging people out there, so much to talk about and explore… Just because a select few choose to piss in the pool doesn’t change anything- you get that everywhere.
What do you think one should do to get a successful blog?
Be social, of course. Post regularly, if not often; engage other bloggers on their blogs and comment on what you find interesting. You’ll find your equilibrium soon enough.
That’s it from me; now it’s time for a few of you to take a turn:
(reblogged from Live to Write-Write to Live)
I admit it: I’m a bit of a software geek. I can easily spend hours researching and playing with different kinds of project management, tracking, and collaboration software products. I love the way these digital tools help me wrest order from chaos and streamline my workflows and communication.
At the moment, I’ve fallen quite hard for a combination of Asana/Instgantt/Google Drive to help me manage my more complex client projects (the ones with longer lead times, more moving parts, and additional team members). However, I was recently reminded of a simple but powerful software called Trello, and I thought it was worth sharing it as a simple, beautifully visual, and FREE way for writers to track and manage all kinds of information from product status and submissions to lead generation and story ideas.
Here’s a 5-minute video that will give you an overview of how the software works:
The ways a writer can use Trello are almost endless:
To Track Submissions: Move “story” cards through a series of lists that track a story’s progress through the development process:
- New Idea
- Pitch in Development
- Pitch Submitted
- Ready for Follow Up
- Payment Received
To Track Networking/Lead Generation: Similarly, you might move “contact” cards through a series of lists representing the stages of relationship development with colleagues, editors, and potential clients:
- Outreach Targets
- Contact Initiated
- Ready for Initial Follow-Up
- First Meeting/Conversation
- Ready for Second Follow-up
- Project Initiated/Assignment Secured
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