Saturday Summation — 01 March 2014

Bits and pieces of things that caught my eye not only for my own interest, but enough to want to share with you, too…

Science Stuff:

Aside from my own big news about signing with an agent, the week already started with a bang when Bill Nye (the Science Guy!) came to town and got to do a show with my husband, Andy Rundquist, for a crowd that numbered in the thousands at the Mall of America. It was such fun!

That's my partner getting stomped on by the Science Guy!

That’s my partner getting stomped on by the Science Guy!

Writing Stuff:

Author Jennifer Crusie has been writing up a storm on her blog, which means you should start following it right now if you hadn’t been doing so before. She’s got some great ideas on plotting and characters and just STORY in general. There’s a reason she’s so successful, you know? What caught my eye this week is that she’s been doing some posts that break down TV shows for writing craft. Since one of those shows is Leverage, I jumped in because that show is so well written and having Crusie help analyze why is highly useful. Check out this analysis of how Leverage creates community and then browse her recent posts on the right side navigation bar.

What does it mean to be successful? Frequently when we are in the stage of writing where we are truly on the journey that seeks publication as the pot of gold, I think it’s easy to forget that success doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be able to quit your day job or that you’ll go straight to the top of the New York Times Bestseller list. And when we remember this, I think we’ll be happier with what our own personal definition of success ends up being. Michelle Dean and Barbara O’Neal both offer differing (although, not opposite) views of success as an author.

Author Laura Drake talks about the value of secondary characters – and one interesting comment showed up in the discussion thread that follows the post about the danger of liking the secondary characters more than the primary. Has this happened in your reading? Also, do your secondary characters serve their purpose? I happen to love writing scenes with secondary characters – I think they help bring out an authenticity to a story and highlight what we love best about our protagonist’s growth.

Video/Song of the Week: 

For my part, it’s been a great week. I’m just plain ole happy. Won’t you dance along with me? (You can just do it in your chair if you want!)

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