Bits and pieces of things that caught my eye not only for my own interest, but enough to want to share with you, too…
I enjoy sharing links that I’ve found helpful or interesting and throwing in some commentary, but truthfully, I like it best when I see that visitors to these posts have “clicked out” and investigated the links for themselves. So click away! Show these other knowledgeable people some love.
I have no idea how they culled this information, but Goodreads has a fun infographic that offers insights into what makes someone stop reading a book. It then showcases popular novels that are also ones that are high on the list of those who stop reading. It will probably make you feel better about some of the books you thought you should have finished – or thought you were supposed to like, but didn’t.
The Writers in the Storm blog frequently provides me with much valuable information and suggestions on craft. In a double-header mention here, I’ll start with a post by Pamela Morsi who talks about organic writing (which I like SO much better than “pantser”) and how to allow layers to the story work their way in effectively. Probably the best quote from this post is “my subconscious is a better writer than I am” because when writing less from outline and less from “order”, my brain still knows how to insert foreshadowing and connections, no matter where I am in the story.
Next, Shannon Donnelly gives some solid suggestions for how to convey character emotion without the obvious tag markers like “she cried” or “Anger built up inside.” Show through actions, character habits, and then several other lesser-shared ideas that I encourage you to check out.
Keith Cronin on the Writer Unboxed blog gives some great responses to our own worst impulse in responding to critiques with “yeah, but…” Yeah, but nothing. Listen to your beta readers.
Jen J. Danna gives a nice take on the “write what you know” adage by reminding us to write who we know. This isn’t to say we should directly model characters after people we know – but bits and pieces of behaviors are what help us shape authentic characters.
Video of the Week
Just when I think oppression is bad in my own country, I am quickly reminded how much worse it is in other communities. We still have a long way to go in some areas, but women and girls in other countries are being killed simply for wanting an education. Malala Yousafzai spoke at the UN yesterday, here is her speech. You can also find the full text here.
“We call upon the world leaders that all the peace deals must protect women and children’s rights. A deal that goes against the dignity of women and their rights is unacceptable.”
(I cannot, for the life of me, get this video to embed – so just click and watch anyway, if you please? She deserves to have us listen.)