Bits and pieces of things that caught my eye not only for my own interest, but enough to want to share with you, too…
Gretchen Rubin wrote this post called, “Now I Stop Reading a Book If I Don’t Enjoy It. Do You?” that I liked because I run into this dilemma all of the time I know that most of you probably don’t have any problem deciding to not finish a book. There are gajillions of books out there and there will never be enough time to read them all, so you are all quite smart. Me, not so much. I am a work in progress with this because I am getting better at setting books aside, but I’m not great at it yet. My reasoning is that I’m invested; I want to see if it will pay off. Enough people thought the book was good enough to get published, there must be something redeemable. In fact, I am currently reading In Sunlight and Shadow, by Mark Helprin and while it has been long and slow, it has actually been good enough to keep reading. Plus I bought the hardcover so I feel a little more compelled. However, I just read 75 pages that are good backstory, but I don’t know at all how it contributes to the main story at this point. If it had been in the first couple of hundred pages, I could see it, but it’s in the 400s. But at this point there’s “only” 200 pages left to go and I can’t possibly put this book down.
I liked this post by Chuck Sambuchino on “What NOT to Do When Beginning Your Novel” as it culled quotes from a handful of agents. I’ve seen this kind of thing before (from agent blogs and tweets), but there were a couple of good reminders. One of the more interesting things is the section on prologues. This gets a lot of attention in the query world, as it seems the majority of agents really don’t like them. However, many of the novels I’ve read recently have them. Interestingly, I think none of them were the author’s debut, though. So – toss the prologue in your first novel, then by all means, bring it back. Haha!
Author K.M. Weiland has a short and simple post on making your characters “pop”. What I like about it is that it isn’t complicated. She mentions that you just need to do something to keep them from falling directly into full stereotype: a physical descriptor, a behavior, a personality bit – something that may be slightly unexpected for your type of character or distinctive. Check out her examples.
Though not the first person to blog about “types of commenters”, I do get a kick out of how parenting blogger Jason Good presents his with his highly entertaining examples. And really, we parents are the biggest Judgy McJudgersons ever. Let’s blame it on the kids.
Song of the Week
I feel like I’ve used this song before in one of my posts, but since I don’t tag the videos, I couldn’t easily search for it. Who cares if I have, because if you are a Minnesotan, you are happy-dancing today. It really is a beautiful day.