Bits and pieces of things that caught my eye not only for my own interest, but enough to want to share with you, too…
A couple of weeks ago I talked about editing for the Big Picture. Author Shallee McArthur talks about editing and revising in this post and one of the first suggestions related to my own process of mapping out each chapter’s event and purpose. Later she says “Don’t be afraid to slash whole sections of your book and write new ones.” I think this is a very important bit of advice and probably why many people fear revising. Sometimes feeling like you have to scrap something and re-do can be intimidating. For me, on the other hand, it’s actually one of the parts I really enjoy. It blends the idea of making something better with still being able to craft something new.
As McArthur’s tips aim at creating a tighter plot and deeper characters, agent/writer Donald Maas’ piece on how to really connect with your characters fits in nicely. He asks the question, “Why are you here?” Why are you here with your character in this scene, this situation, this story? Check out his thoughts on really getting yourself to immerse in your character and her story.
Look! More about characters and connecting with them. Author Jessica Topper has a great post about using “things” to flesh out who your character is and why he is the way he is. We can get insight into objects that they collect or hang onto, even if they don’t always explicitly tell us why.
Are you in a Book Club? When books started including Reader’s Guide questions at the end of them, did your group find that helpful to get things started? Mollie Lundquist of LitLovers.com guest posts about including Book Club/Reader’s Guide questions and suggests generic ones to help authors get started in creating one if asked.
I’ve had a few questions lately about “how do I get started” with the process of trying to get traditionally published, and while I may end up putting together a short post about this kind of thing after all at a later date, here is a post from agent Carly Watters this week that outline the very basics.
Have you ever checked out Fiction with Friends, yet? About a week and a half ago we posted a new submission and we are still looking for more! Please give the flash fiction stories there a read (some good stuff!) and send us your own to share!
Video/Song of the Week:
Lion King cast sings Circle of Life on Australian flight – wouldn’t this be awesome? For me this is in the similar vein of a flash mob thing. I am still waiting for someone to make sure I am present for one of these kinds of things. For now, enjoy this awesome, impromptu (or seemingly impromptu) performance.